Children listen to stories, but here is the overlooked part: children also invent and tell stories. And children telling stories is a powerful means of development. It is one of the main ways they discover who they are, and thereby achieve self-esteem and self-actualization. Storytelling is one of their eleven Hybrid Skills. 

Prof. William Glasser proved that we learn 10% of what we read, 30% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss with others, 80% of what we experience personally, and 95% of what we teach to others. 

Whenever we communicate with others in narrative form, like I am doing here, we are in the 70% – 90% range of learning efficacy. I am learning far more about storytelling by telling you the story of telling stories, than you are learning from my story. As we tell our story, we are in effect learning something about ourselves: we are trying out a theory that we have developed by telling it to someone else and thereby opening it up to scrutiny by both ourselves and the listener. If it does not pass muster by either, we will soon know it and change the narrative to become more authentic – in our mind and in the mind of the listener. 

Think of storytelling as a virtuous feed-back loop. Children telling stories is a powerful means of development. It is one of the main ways they discover who they are, and thereby achieve figure out their Justified Belief and that leads to self-esteem and self-actualization. 

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Excerpted from my book Hybrid Learning.

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