Starting with learning stories

According to the Ministry of Education’s Narrative Assessment Guide (p31), to get started writing learning stories:

“• Just start somewhere and write it down.

• They’re the stories you tell your colleagues!

• Focus on one story at a time.

• Have fun with it and try and keep it jargon-free.

• Incorporate the learning community, for example, teacher aides, parents, specialists, students.

• Retell the story a number of times (especially to the student) so the learning catches on and strengthens.

• Don’t forget group and class learning stories.

• What about displaying them, for example, having a learning wall?

• Jot down a key word or dialogue or take a photo to help you remember – be attached to your camera!

• Words can’t always easily replicate what facial expressions portray – a photo really is a thousand words.

• Retell the story a number of times (especially to the student) so the learning catches on and strengthens.

• Drop off some other documentation if you take on learning stories.

• Sometimes we write learning stories over one to two weeks.

• We take photos and get students to write about their learning underneath.”

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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