Learning Story Awards
Closing Date: 21 February 2020
Learning Story Awards
A ‘Learning Story’ is a record of what an educator has seen a child (or group of children) doing in an early learning and care service. Learning Stories allow us to document a child’s learning. They are a tool for tuning into the world of children in a deeper, more meaningful way as educators. Learning stories are an opportunity to truly hear children, to listen, watch and see, in order to extend a child’s learning.
Learning Stories are an effective and inclusive way of documentation and assessment in early childhood settings that require knowledgeable educators who understand children’s learning. Carr and Lee (2012) believe that learning stories are powerful ways of documenting learning, using the reciprocal relationships between the child, people and the environment.
Click here to learn more about Wendy Lee & Margaret Carr’s learning story framework (2012)
These narratives are observations of children’s participation in everyday activities, in everyday settings that demonstrate children’s growing identities, dispositions, thoughts, explorations and communications. This natural way of documenting children’s journeys, learning and development links strongly with the words, wonderings, questions and ideas from children. Early Childhood Ireland recognises these quality practices and are delighted to share these stories with our members through our learning story awards.
Three awards will be presented in the Learning Story Awards Category:
Learning Story of the Year (Written to an individual child)
Emergent Curriculum in Action Learning Story of the Year (Written about a group of children)
Best Learning Story from ‘Newcomer’ setting (Written to an individual child).
· That it takes the form of a ‘letter to’ the child, a story approach, speaking directly to the child.
· An extension to the child’s learning by the educator and setting, which follows the child’s initial lead.
· That the educators have reflected on the story and what it means for and to the individual child.
· An evident child’s voice, with clear quotes, descriptions of expressions, or include other means of communication, where possible.
· That the learning story is accessible to and shared with the child in the setting.
· That the learning story is shared with the child’s family.
Criteria for Short-listing and Judging - Emergent Curriculum in Action Award (Written about a group of children)
· A clear beginning to the story that is led by the children’s interests.
· That the children’s voices are evident, with clear quotes, descriptions of expressions, or include other means of communication, where possible.
· The children’s learning dispositions.
· An extension to the children’s learning by the educator and setting, which follows the children’s initial lead.
· That the learning story is accessible to and shared with the children in the setting.
· That the learning story is shared with the children’s families.
· That the Learning Story is underpinned by the themes of the Aistear Framework. (However, it is not necessary for the story to make direct links to the learning goals and aims).