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Time: 2:30 mins
Linda King, Assistant Principal, Allenvale School:
“For it to be successful a person, a leader, needs to take it through the school and have release time to devote to it and the person that does that should be well versed in the actual processes around the writing of them and even the storage of them – what they’d be used for. And that person of course would lead the staff group into making those decisions and just having the time to be able to go into classrooms and support teachers, even in the writing of them.
And one other thing that has been very successful – we are just in the early stages of it – and that is the lead teacher, Meegan, is also taking it through to our teacher assistants. They have meetings every Wednesday and she has been doing in-service, little in-services on different parts of the learning stories – and we’re finding now that teacher assistants are starting to write them. And if they’re not writing them, they know what to look for now and they will just jot it on a little piece of sticky paper and pop it on the teacher’s plan book. ‘I saw so-and-so do this’, and then it can be written up at a later date. And the teachers are getting a lot quicker at writing them.
They can do them in 5-8 minutes sometimes. And we’ve also given a bit of freedom to teachers to develop their own sort of format or matrix. Some of the junior teachers like to do them with bigger pictures and less wordy so that they can share them with the young children. Where we’ve got students who are out doing work experience and theirs can be quite lengthy, quite involved, because that’s where they’re at and what they can understand. So, yeah, written for the student primarily to share, and then of course it goes home to families.”
Graeme Eastwood, Lead Teacher, Allenvale School:
“Someone starting out with learning stories, one thing I would suggest is find strategies that make them seem more manageable – so, writing learning stories for groups. We keep notes about aspects of learning that we see around but you don’t write every note. So be selective about what you write. Choose the areas that are meaningful to you and to the students. Don’t write a learning story about every learning moment that happens because it’s too easy to get bogged down. So I would say – be selective and be smart about it.”