In the NTI program we have used storytelling as a way of informing and empathizing with new teachers who are struggling at many levels. We found that telling the story of our early days in teaching, of those times that things didn't or did work well, we were able to give new teachers advice or direction in a way that they found more palatable. Story provides context and character to which the audience can connect and put into a their own frame of reference.
Theory and Practice Edit
the personal is political so the saying goes. thanks to second wave '70's feminism we are now permitted to use our own stories and experiences, considered "subjective" to explain or analyse a larger political condition. theory separated from practice no longer jibes. or so it seems.
yet we are surrounded by theories and eduspeak and pedagogy which becomes second nature the longer we are in educational practice. like physicians we become embedded in our teaching practice and at times may all be guilty of not seeing the forest for the trees. teachers often complain about administrators but I believe we all fall into this trap from time to time. so our stories have to be taken in context, seen in perspective, with a grain (or boulder) of salt for good measure.
the opportunity to write, or "speak" - like talking therapy - allows us to vent, air, rant, process, and hopefully step back and see what is going on - the what, how, and even why. and that is how we learn and grow both professionally and personally.