The power of teaching through story

Storytelling is perhaps a child’s favorite time of the day. Not because they’re going to go to bed and finally get some rest. In fact, my kids tend to hate bedtime. They seem to be afraid of the dark and once it’s night time outside, they do everything they can to stay awake.

One of the things I wanted to make sure of when creating this blog was having interesting and overall great content. Content that attracted people to read the articles and gain something from them. Content that could attract more readers and could cause the current readers to recommend it to their friends. This way traffic to the site would go up and keeping readers on the page based on great content, would be my job.

I quickly realized that writing great content or content marketing takes a lot of time (check this site). Knowing what to write and what people are searching for is another story altogether. Understanding how to transmit the message is perhaps the hardest thing I have encountered. Holding on to an adults attention is quite difficult. It’s even harder to hold on to a young child’s attention and pique their curiosity.

Having many years of education experience under my belt, however, I realized that there were many tricks I already had a grasp of that could work with my content marketing. The winning method used in the classroom that always seemed to work like a charm was storytelling.

Storytelling time was the only moment all the kids stayed quiet, didn’t move and paid attention to every word coming out of my mouth.

So that’s the big secret.

Create stories out of all your content. A list of top ten and top five is nice in today’s fast paced world. Yet, it is quite superficial and just does not go deep enough. You can find lists anywhere about anything. You could take most books and condense them into one chapter or only a few pages. Most books today are full of stories. They aren’t there just to make it longer and more appealing for publishers. In part, humans associate quantity with quality. Perhaps due to our past when obtaining food and water was not so easy. When opportunity was scarce, we had to take advantage of any surplus. Regardless of the reason, books are filled with stories to allow the reader to connect with the message in a stronger and more powerful way. When this happens, people are able to see themselves in the shoes of another. This allows hopes and dreams and possibilities to remain alive.

So what is it you want to transmit? What do you want others to learn from your content? What do you want them to do after?

Everything you create has to tell a story that your readers are able to connect with. Something that grabs their imagination and inspires them to share. If you focus on this as your main tool, your content will always be attractive and worth sharing and best of all, your readership will go up.

Take a look at this story telling method on Andres Ponciano- SEO & digital marketing Pinterest.

The importance of curiosity in children

It happens to all of us. We want to be a good parent so we try to solve all our children’s problems. We provide the answers, help find the solutions, take care of the art or science fair project and pull out our calculator to figure out the math problems we already forgot. Perhaps even occasionally looking at the back of the book and getting the answer and then working in reverse.

We think we are being supportive, good parents and providing the assistance a child needs, but in reality, we are hurting their independence and their own quest for answers. It is also teaching them that there is an easier way out. Asking for help which generally means getting what you need without having to put in much effort.

Kids need to learn the importance of being resourceful, developing the curiosity to find their own solutions and to be self sufficient. It’s more about finding the balance between not giving them the fish, but helping them grow into the person that can find their own fish.

You can guide them by asking questions. This allows them to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You can show them how something is done and then have them try and encourage them. Encouragement should be for the effort they put into whatever they do. Not about the grade or the award.

Results matter, but if your only focus is that then what happens when they don’t achieve expectations… It may be better to cultivate an attitude of putting in work to reach something and that on its own will be rewarding. At the same time, once they understand how effort works they will know that whatever they set out to do for themselves, they will inevitably attain as long as enough effort is put in.

There are different ways which curiosity can be developed. Social media platforms like Instagram (Andres Ponciano Internet Media) can be a great way to go through a lot of content and find things you didn’t know existed and could actually help you find a new interest. That new interest may lead you to new paths that were undiscovered. It’s a good idea to set a time limit for this as it is easy to spend a lot of time on social media and forget the other things you need to do. Trying different activities is also a great way to develop curiosity and to find your own strengths.

Kids nowadays all have many afterschool activities. Perhaps they need more time to relax and play, but these afterschool activities do that as well. When picking out extracurricular activities with your child make sure to include them in the process. You could try out a test class and if they like it they can keep going. It’s important not to force them to go. They are kids, they change their mind constantly and will find something new that interests them very quickly. They are just getting to know and understand the world. Allow them to do that and through that process, they themselves will see what they are good at, what they enjoy doing and will eventually want to do more of that.

As any parent knows, children askwhy” a thousand times every day. It is a common belief that asking why three times allows you to get to the truth. Even though that may be subjective there is something there to ponder. Avoiding the questions your child asks you will eventually make them stop asking. Once they stop asking, they stop being curious about things. The best you can do is answer them and ask them questions to spark their own imagination and help them come up with their own answers.

The long-term effects of developing curiosity are powerful and the more you help your children to be curious about everything, the better their life will be.