“The worst way to tell a story is to tell it the way you always tell it.”
I used this quote two weeks ago during an Elementary Small group training that I held for my Kid’s Team here at the church. I spent a big portion of our 90 minutes together talking about creative storytelling, or in their position, creative re-storytelling. I covered many different strategies to keep a kids attention, and spoke about all the different distractions that keeps us as teachers from being creative and interesting to listen to.
So this past Sunday Morning my heart jumped for joy when I observed one of our long-time teachers standing on a chair in the corner of her room, with the kids sitting on the floor all around her as she creatively expressed the element she was trying to convey to the kids. This is Big! It feels so good to get buy-in from your team, when it comes to teaching style. She later expressed to me that the kids seemed to really enjoy the change, and I encouraged her to keep mixing it up every week.