Stories from the Classroom

How to Use Storytelling in the Classroom

Episode Summary

Matthew Dicks is a champion storyteller and a classroom teacher. In today's episode, we look at how teachers can tell better stories about themselves to develop more meaningful connections with their students as well as connect the students to the content.

Episode Notes

A few months ago I didn't know that storytelling competitions were a thing. Then I heard Matthew Dicks on a podcast and he shared what makes for good storytelling. I thought it was interesting but it wasn't until he told a short 5-minute story that I was convinced of his mastery of the craft and I wanted to learn more.

I found out Matthew Dicks was not only a champion storyteller but also a classroom teacher and that he had a podcast with his wife Elysha where they listened to stories told from the stage and critiqued them; sharing what made them such powerful stories and what they could have done to improve the story.

I initially was drawn to the storytelling podcast because I thought I could get tips on how to tell better stories in social contexts but I walked away wondering how I could implement this into my classroom.

In today's episode, Matthew and I explore the following:


Connect with Matthew at

Matthew's storytelling podcast 'Speak Up Storytelling'

'Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling' by Matthew Dicks[affiliate link]

The Art of Manliness Podcast episode with Matthew Dicks

Connect with me, Thom Gibson