Learning Story Examples
Here are 7 Learning Stories — siete ejemplos — for you to download, discuss, and offer to others in order to spread ever more widely the practice of pedagogical narration following Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee's exemplars of Learning Stories. This convention is one that I adopted to give a bit of structure to the final product; it was modified and made much clearer by Margie Carter and Deb Curtis.
If you want to see the source, I invite you to go to Kei Tua o te Pae at the Ministry of Education of New Zealand / Aotearoa. I recommend visiting Melanie Lynchuck's blog post, too, for enthusiastic guidance.
Riley Visits Mateo is a story told by a Mom, an early childhood educator, for a child who visits her son on a play-date. I included it to show other settings and give you a glimpse into my educational program for teachers called Connecting to Children an entirely constructivist, locally conducted, year-long investigation into how one behaves with children at the most fundamental level. To prove competence, each participant in the program creates a Performance of Understanding, one for each of the four modules. In the final module, D4, that performance is to create a Learning Story that begins with children's initiative and demonstrates the participant's attentiveness to either cooperation or perseverance.
Joy with the Marble Run, in English, or Alegría con la ejecución de Mármol , in Español, highlights a focus on cooperative action, the kind of story when retold to the class helps develop a constructive, cooperative, democratic culture in the school.
Sascha and the Pattern Blocks
One section of my discussion of Mathematics for Young Children addresses the provision of an independent free time with specific materials, such as pattern blocks. Josie's Drip seems widely accepted as science; here is math. On the Symmetry page of the Mathematics section is a Learning Story that I present two ways. The first presents the facts alone — what is said and photographed; the second presents a narrated story using our convention.
You can click the picture to get there, too.
I offer this as an example of how a Learning Story is enriched, enlivened, and made meaningful toward the true goal of assessment, which is to attend and document an event and turn it into a lasting addition to our culture.
Workshop Materials is an offer of a package of things related to this one video of Jolene painting. You get a 1' 42" video of Jolene painting (below) which you can download from VIMEO, a 16 page PDF document (one picture per page without text) for workshop participants to try their hand at writing a Learning Story after watching the video, and the POWERPOINT or PDF of the Learning Story I, Tom, wrote and gave the child, with those same images. My version isn't a "right" answer; it is one person's view, mine, as an educator who spent many years thinking about children's paintings. We all bring different perspectives to this work. Mine is but one.