As you've probably guessed by now, I'm a fan of stories. They are the lifeblood of human memory and the glue of society. So when my daughter's second grade teacher offered me a book that outlined a teaching methodology centered on stories, you'll understand I was intrigued.

Creating Worlds, Constructing Meaning, by Jeff Cresswell, introduces the bare bones of the Scottish Storyline teaching method.

Scottish storyline completely re-imagines how we engage our students in learning. It shifts the focus from tests to real-world use. It puts learning and ownership in the hands of the learners.

It's an exciting theory, and I find reading the success stories that Cresswell shares from his own classrooms very enticing despite the intensive preparation time required. Even if you aren't interested in revamping your teaching methodology, I believe it's worth the time.