10 Storytelling Mistakes

  1. thinking you don’t have to practice
  2. failing to carefully construct the beginning sentences of the story to immediately grab attention
  3. not preparing students for active listening to the story
  4. telling the story without consideration of adaptations needed to the age and background of your students
  5. keeping your nose buried as you read and not making eye contact with students
  6. reading a Bible story from a teacher’s manual rather than having a Bible open in front of you
  7. telling a story without any expression
  8. relying on props and not using your own body as a visual aid (Keys to Visualizing the Story Without Visual Aids Worksheet)
  9. failing to provide a good transition from the story to the next part of the lesson
  10. focusing on the facts of the story and not getting to the application of the story to their lives

Observe your teachers telling a story.  If any of the above mistakes are present, perhaps it is time to provide teacher training on effective storytelling.

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