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TOPIC: Learning Stories

Learning Stories 1 year 5 months ago #17

how many learning stories should a teacher be doing a month? We've got 60 children on the roll and some only come 3 days a week

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Learning Stories 1 year 4 months ago #24

  • Sunny Days Centre Napier
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Hi Anaya, yes a good question. Our policy says at least one individual learning story per month for each child (regardless of the number of days they attend). We have 77 children on our roll and like you not all are full time. It can be difficult trying to make sure our 9 hour children are well represented. Another problem for us is some of our children have irregular attendance therefore some quite significant gaps. We are mindful about not over loading children's profile books with too many group stories too. The group stories we use must always clearly show the child whose book you are working on and any narratives must have their name included. Our non contact time is quite generous so of course that all helps too. :)

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Learning Stories 1 year 4 months ago #26

  • Grow Early Childhood Education Papamoa
We are working towards children having stories completed when they show learning that links to a previous story and also the child's individual plan. This might mean a few stories over a month. Each teacher has focus children, however it is a balancing act with rostering to include proportionate time for the amount of children each teacher has (less in U2 and more in O2). We have very few group stories and concentrate not on the amount of stories, rather ensuring all children have stories and we can see progression in their learning journey.

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Learning Stories 1 year 4 months ago #32

  • Small is Beautiful Preschool
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Always a provocative topic. Who feels their time could be spent more productively? At our centre,we produce a minimum of 1 L.S. p.a.(staff may create more if they wish-any extras arise from enthusiasm on the teacher's part,not from a sense of compulsion). I was assured a couple of years ago,by an ECE lecturer that they had scoured the regs etc and found no set minimum for L.S. We then use our time to contribute to a comprehensive assessment system which includes a daily 20 minute staff meeting before we open during which we share Learning Notes which the teacher responsible for the child's file then adds to the file so that,after 2-3 years,there are extensive observations that build a terrific picture of the child's progress (and highlight persistent difficulties). All of this is valuable if parents,Plunket, SES require detailed information. We have several other user-friendly and useful assessment tools which teachers find inspiring and I see their motivation every day. This, to me, is far more worthwhile than running around with a camera trying to complete a certain number of L.S. I imagine staff find it stressful and could better spend their time after hours relaxing,refreshing and renewing their energy for the next day....
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Learning Stories 1 year 4 months ago #41

  • Heather Te Huia
We use video clips as Learning stories with a message about the learning that is occurring. Several videos of each child are then taken and posted to their online portfolio, parents feed into this and at times put up their own videos or stories. Once a month every child's learning is then assessed, noting how the child is learning, anything they are working on, how the teachers will support that learning and any research that backs their ideas. These too are then posted on their online portfolio. All children regardless of hours or days spent in the centre are assessed. Teachers get non-contact time to do their admin in.

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Learning Stories 1 year 4 months ago #49

  • Anne Setter
Learning stories are such a big demand from parents and ERO. I think as long as the stories are of the children's learning and dispositions they are valuable. The learning stories should be authentic and not just so the child can have a story this month. Some children are easy to write stories and others not but theses children need our attention and care too. We need to see children as individuals who are learning so much at this age through play not structured activities to get a story. We as teachers need to show that we are still learning too and can share this knowledge with each other and the children.

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