TMS in Practice

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TMS in Practice

At Tell me Stories we define storytelling as one person telling a story to one person or more  people. The Tell Me Stories method offers an effective and well-tried-out approach to teaching children storytelling. The method is based on a social constructivist understanding of learning,  and a strong focus on learning by doing.

The method is unique in that it teaches rhetoric, dramaturgy and narratology, while it also helps build vocabulary, strengthens the ability to access vocabulary quickly and using it accurately. Tell Me Stories’ last but not least, the method sparks creativity to tell interesting and engaging stories.

In TMS storytelling, the teachers support students learning by facilitating the process,  step by step: 

  • Initiate by telling a story
  • Give simple directions
  • Let the students create a story together
  • Let them perform the story
  • Give them feedback and new directions
  • Let the students try again

Students are asked to think creatively, but to also structure these thoughts in a meaningful way. They are inspired to create powerful mental images through words, using their imagination, knowledge and language.

Facilitation Techniques: 

  • Introduce the craft by telling stories
  • Add techniques gradually, start simple
  • Guide the story, do not control the story

A performance rate of 99%, says it all. Experience has shown that the TMS method gets everybody performing. Often we see children who don’t participate a lot in class, breaking out of their isolation and being very productive and very proud of their product. They take ownership over the stories.


Students are asked to:

  • Create stories in groups or pairs.
  • Start by using three components: space, leading person and problem
  • Not write their story down, but use their memory 

Experience says that if the children write their stories down, that they just memorize them, and by that do not learn to tell the stories fluently.

TMS in schools and libraries
TMS has successfully held courses at both schools and libraries. Whereas the focus at schools is mainly improvement of language skills, the libraries are all about conveying and understanding local and national history.