Teaching Science: Should You Tell A Story?

Some people think that storytelling helps memory. Dan Willingham describes a study that sought to test that idea.

Consider Passage A (regular flavor) and B (storytelling version). First A:

And with this simple, powerful tool [Galilean telescope], we can see many details when we use it to look up into the night sky. The moon may look like a smooth ball of light covered with dark spots, but on a closer look through this telescope, we can see deep valleys and great mountain ranges. Through the telescope, we can now see all the different marks on the moon’s surface.

Now B, the narrative version:

When Galileo looked through his new telescope, he could see the surface of the moon, and so he began his first close look into space. He slept during the day in order to work and see the moon at night. Many people thought that the moon was a smooth ball with a light of its own. Now that Galileo had a closer look through his telescope, he realized that the moon’s surface had mountains and valleys.

So, Puzzled Readers. Which do kids remember better? Version A, Version B, no difference?  For the answer you'll have to read Dan's blog.  Which you should be doing anyway.