Storytelling, the Key to Math and Science: K–6

Build excitement, create a buzz, engage students in the fascinating lives and achievements of people both ancient and modern who have brought us the wonders of the 21st century!  Telling their stories is the key to igniting interest and passion for the sciences. Learn how to make storytelling a part of your teaching!

Desired Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn how to tell an engaging story
  • Participants will create and tell a short STEM related story
  • Participants will understand that advances in science and technology are the stories of people. People who dreamed and discovered, imagined and innovated, who noticed human needs and found solutions
  • Participants will use storytelling as a powerful tool for inspiring students

Karl Behling

My name is Karl Behling.

I live in Utah.

I am a seasoned, professional educator and experienced performing artist who also writes books, attends Mountain Man rendezvous whenever possible, and who loves settling in to tell stories with the grandkids.

I have taught 2nd, 3d, 4th, and 5th grades for the past 25 years for the Ogden City School District. I currently (2012-2013) teach a 2nd/3rd grade combination class at Polk Elementary.

I also taught High School English and English as a Second Language classes for 2 years in Burley, Idaho.

Having used Storytelling throughout my teaching career, I began a concurrent career as a Professional Storyteller somewhere between AD 2000- 2006. Since then I have been an active member of the Utah Storytelling Guild, serving as President of the Ben Lomond Chapter of the Guild from 2007-2009. I am currently the President of the Utah Storytelling Guild.

I am a member of the storyteller committee on the board of the Weber State University Storytelling Festival, and I produce 2 annual storytelling events for Farmington City (the July event called Tales for a Summer Evening, and the Annual Farmington Storytelling Festival), and 2 events for Kaysville City ( storytelling for the the June "Arts and Music in the Park festival, and for the October Fall Festival in the Park). I publish a regular column about storytelling in the quarterly Taleswapper, and teach faculty professional development workshops in Northern Utah on using storytelling as an instructional strategy in the classroom.