On this page you will find Learning Stories from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Some of these stories come from previous Celebrating Learning Stories conferences, others have been written and shared with ELP as part of teachers's learning journeys. We hope that you can enjoy these stories, and find inspiration in writing your own!


Rachel Ryan, Matangi Āwhio-Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - The Kingfisher - Kotāre

Rachel from Matangi Āwhio-Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson wrote this learning story about Jimmy's curiosity of the sounds the Kingfisher makes and what they like to eat.

Sue Fahey used this learning story as an example in her workshop 'It's not just a walk in the park' at the ELP Celebrating Learning Story Conference 2016.  The learning story examples she used make visible children's encounters with, connections to and deepening relationships with the natural world and our place, valuing Māori ways of knowing, being and doing. 



Fleur Kay, Matangi Āwhio-Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Mud... Mud... MUD!

Fleur is an under 2's kaiako at Matangi Āwhio-Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson, and this is a learning story that she wrote about Mila playing in the muddles after the rain. 

Sue Fahey used this learning story as an example in her workshop 'It's not just a walk in the park' at the ELP Celebrating Learning Story Conference 2016.  The learning story examples she used make visible children's encounters with, connections to and deepening relationships with the natural world and our place, valuing Māori ways of knowing, being and doing. 



Michelle McIntosh, Matangi Āwhio-Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Exploring the Kura

Michelle is an under 2's kaiako at Matangi Āwhio-Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson, and this is a learning story that she wrote about Theo exploring the Kura. 

Sue Fahey used this learning story as an example in her workshop 'It's not just a walk in the park' at the ELP Celebrating Learning Story Conference 2016.  The learning story examples she used make visible children's encounters with, connections to and deepening relationships with the natural world and our place, valuing Māori ways of knowing, being and doing. 



Gillian Fitzgerald, ELP Facilitator (Taupō) - Transition to School Booklet - Keira

My work as an ELP facilitator has reinforced my commitment to building shared leadership within the professional learning communities I work alongside. "Shared leadership gives ownership to all involved and more ownership equals more commitment."  The journeys that teaching teams embark on with ELP, opens up opportunities for individuals to use their strengths to enhance the team.  To me the whakatauki, Whaka paohotia oku painga kia ngaro oku ngoikoretanga, Highlight my strengths and my weaknesses will disappear, encapsulates the approach I take. I enjoy being able to encourage teachers to identify their individual strengths and interests, the same approach we all take with tamariki, and using it to support their colleagues, there-by building stronger teaching teams.



Gillian Fitzgerald, ELP Facilitator (Taupō) - Problem Solver Ben

My work as an ELP facilitator has reinforced my commitment to building shared leadership within the professional learning communities I work alongside. "Shared leadership gives ownership to all involved and more ownership equals more commitment."  The journeys that teaching teams embark on with ELP, opens up opportunities for individuals to use their strengths to enhance the team.  To me the whakatauki, Whaka paohotia oku painga kia ngaro oku ngoikoretanga, Highlight my strengths and my weaknesses will disappear, encapsulates the approach I take. I enjoy being able to encourage teachers to identify their individual strengths and interests, the same approach we all take with tamariki, and using it to support their colleagues, there-by building stronger teaching teams.



Michelle Johnson, Arts and Minds (Auckland) - The Puzzling Photo

Michelle has years of experience teaching in both the Early Childhood and Primary sectors and also in the health sector as a Play Specialist. Michelle’s particular interests are in music and the visual arts. St Andrews Epsom ECC has a culture of exploring the visual arts through visits from artists, exploring media, books, gallery visits and lots of professional development and courage from the staff! 

 



Michelle Johnson, Arts and Minds (Auckland) - The more you look, the more you see

Michelle has years of experience teaching in both the Early Childhood and Primary sectors and also in the health sector as a Play Specialist. Michelle’s particular interests are in music and the visual arts. St Andrews Epsom ECC has a culture of exploring the visual arts through visits from artists, exploring media, books, gallery visits and lots of professional development and courage from the staff! 



Lynn Rupe, ELP Facilitator (Tauranga) - Learning Story for Harrison - Real Work

Lynn is particularly passionate about community and relationships with the view that assessment, especially Learning Stories, can bring about a deeper connectedness between those within the early childhood community. Lynn knows that research shows that collaboration between the parent, the child and the teacher creates a multiple perspective of the early childhood setting - which allows for deeper, more meaningful learning for all involved, and endeavors to instill this notion of multiple perspectives into her own practice and the practice of others.



Lynn Rupe, ELP Facilitator (Tauranga) - Not Yet!

Lynn is particularly passionate about community and relationships with the view that assessment, especially Learning Stories, can bring about a deeper connectedness between those within the early childhood community. Lynn knows that research shows that collaboration between the parent, the child and the teacher creates a multiple perspective of the early childhood setting - which allows for deeper, more meaningful learning for all involved, and endeavors to instill this notion of multiple perspectives into her own practice and the practice of others.



Carol Marks, ELP Facilitator (Rotorua) - Jack's Learning to show more complexity

Carol has over 40 years experience in early childhood and has seen many changes in legislation, programming, environments, and practice during that time. Her own childhood in the King Country has left her with lasting happy memories which are brought to life again through current theory on the importance of play for young children in developing the skills, knowledge and dispositions which enable them to meet the challenges of an uncertain world.



Jo Colbert, ELP Facilitaor (Auckland) - Giraffes Can't Dance

Jo has a Bachelor of Teaching and has been a teacher in a variety of ECE settings including Kindergarten, a creche, full day ECE settings as well as being a Play Centre Parent. Her most recent teaching  experience was at Glamorgan Kindergarten in 2014 for a term. Previous to this her last long term job was at Westmere kindergarten where she was head teacher for 8 years.

"I have a deep interest in learning stories and planning and have seen the difference this can make for outcomes for children. In recent times Self Review has become an interest and I enjoy supporting teachers through this process. Of course I also have a passion for ICT and am truly in my element when working with teachers and children to support their learning in this area."



Marianne MacPherson, ELP Facilitator (Auckland) - Photographic Learning Story

Over the past several years Marianne has been interested in exploring the Building Learning Power framework by Guy Claxton, to strengthen dispositional teaching and learning. She is particularly interested in how the learning community - children, families and teachers - grow in understanding and recognition of dispositions that are valued and how these are cultivated or encultured in the learning environment through conversations and the language we use.



Catalina Thompson, Greerton Early Childhood Centre (Tauranga) - Engineering the perfect goal

Catalina Thompson has worked at Greerton Early Childhood Centre for 4 years and put her heart and soul into our learning environment so that children and families are able to explore fully, create imaginatively and inquire, as learners building an identity of themselves life long. As part of making the learning here visible she has written Learning Stories that have tracked children’s learning and teachers’ thinking about this in ways that emotionally connect with children and families and stretch everyone’s thinking about what it means to be a learner. Her Learning Stories have inspired everyone here at Greerton to be the best explorers, inventors, makers, and carers possible.



Kellie Warren and Lisa Watkins, Matangi Āwhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - My Mum and I

Tēnā koutou katoa.  Ko Kellie Warren tōku ingoa.  No Whakatū ahau.  No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

My name is Kellie Warren, and for the past 4 years I have been an infant and toddlers kaiako here at Matangi Āwhio, Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson.  This year a lot of my work has been focused on providing quality care and support for vulnerable children and young people based in the Teen Parent Unit here at Matangi Āwhio.

Kia ora.  My name is Lisa Watkins and I am an infants and toddlers kaiako at Matangi Āwhio, Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson.  For the last year I have had the privilege of working in Pōtiki - the ECE component attached to the onsite Teen Parent Unit.  This incredibly rewarding position has enabled me to advocate for our precious pepe while at the same time providing support to their mothers/fathers.



Kellie Warren and Lisa Watkins, Matangi Āwhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - The Atua with MY Dad!

Tēnā koutou katoa.  Ko Kellie Warren tōku ingoa.  No Whakatū ahau.  No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

My name is Kellie Warren, and for the past 4 years I have been an infant and toddlers kaiako here at Matangi Āwhio, Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson.  This year a lot of my work has been focused on providing quality care and support for vulnerable children and young people based in the Teen Parent Unit here at Matangi Āwhio.

Kia ora.  My name is Lisa Watkins and I am an infants and toddlers kaiako at Matangi Āwhio, Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson.  For the last year I have had the privilege of working in Pōtiki - the ECE component attached to the onsite Teen Parent Unit.  This incredibly rewarding position has enabled me to advocate for our precious pepe while at the same time providing support to their mothers/fathers.



Michela Homer, BestStart Educare (Tauranga) - Caring Mya

Kia ora, my name is Michela Homer.  I qualified as a Montessori teacher many, many years ago in England.  When we moved to NZ, I had the opportunity to word in a beautiful private early childhood centre in Whangamata.  I fell in love and retrained to gain my diploma in ECE.  I loved it so much I continued studying to gain my Bachelors degree.  From there, I moved to work in a parent co-op and then up to Russell as a Supervisor for Playcentre.  

When we moved family to Tauranga, I went back into a Montessori centre which was my first taste of Montessori in NZ.  Currently I work as a Professional Services Manager for BestStart Educare as well as a tutor for Aperfield Montessori, and in my spare time I'm on the council for MANZ.  My responsibility includes supporting foru Montessori centres and four other early childhood centres, supporting training teachers through Aperfield and working with the EO of MANZ across NZ.  I have a passion for exploring effective leadership in ECE and looking at how this grows all akonga.  I believe that this is all underpinned by having sound and ethical vision and values that guide our practices.



Michela Homer, BestStart Educare (Tauranga) - Rory the Superstar

Kia ora, my name is Michela Homer.  I qualified as a Montessori teacher many, many years ago in England.  When we moved to NZ, I had the opportunity to word in a beautiful private early childhood centre in Whangamata.  I fell in love and retrained to gain my diploma in ECE.  I loved it so much I continued studying to gain my Bachelors degree.  From there, I moved to work in a parent co-op and then up to Russell as a Supervisor for Playcentre.  

When we moved family to Tauranga, I went back into a Montessori centre which was my first taste of Montessori in NZ.  Currently I work as a Professional Services Manager for BestStart Educare as well as a tutor for Aperfield Montessori, and in my spare time I'm on the council for MANZ.  My responsibility includes supporting foru Montessori centres and four other early childhood centres, supporting training teachers through Aperfield and working with the EO of MANZ across NZ.  I have a passion for exploring effective leadership in ECE and looking at how this grows all akonga.  I believe that this is all underpinned by having sound and ethical vision and values that guide our practices.



Denise Durban, Central Kids Fordlands (Rotorua) - Nau Mai, Haere Mai Rebecca

Kia ora.  Let me introduce myself:
Ko Whetumatarau te maunga
Ko Awatere te awa
Ko Horouta te waka
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi
Ko Tuwhakairiora te hapu
Ko Hinerupe te marae
Ko Denise Durban ahau

I have been working in early childhood since the age of 19.  I have had many roles in my career from teacher, assistant supervisor, Centre Manager and now Head Teacher at Central Kids Fordlands.  I am passionate about relationships in all forms from working with my colleagues to working with and supporting the tamariki and their whānau.  I feel very privileged to be working with an amazing team of inspirational women who also have a shared understanding and vision for our community in Fordlands, Rotorua.



Wendy Xiao, Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten (Auckland) - Sand! Sand!

Kia Ora my name is Wendy Xiao and my Chinese name is Xiao Junwen.  I immigrated from China to NZ in 2004.  I got my Bachelors degree in economics and worked in import and export companies for about 18 years - both in China and NZ.  

In 2009 I completed a graduate diploma in teaching ECE at Auckland University, and then in 2010 became a teacher at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten.



Wendy Xiao, Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten (Auckland) - Looking after Grace

Kia Ora my name is Wendy Xiao and my Chinese name is Xiao Junwen.  I immigrated from China to NZ in 2004.  I got my Bachelors degree in economics and worked in import and export companies for about 18 years - both in China and NZ.  

In 2009 I completed a graduate diploma in teaching ECE at Auckland University, and then in 2010 became a teacher at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten.



Wendy Xiao, Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten (Auckland) - Pheobe has a sore finger

Kia Ora my name is Wendy Xiao and my Chinese name is Xiao Junwen.  I immigrated from China to NZ in 2004.  I got my Bachelors degree in economics and worked in import and export companies for about 18 years - both in China and NZ.  

In 2009 I completed a graduate diploma in teaching ECE at Auckland University, and then in 2010 became a teacher at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten.



Carol Hartley, Mangere Bridge Kindergarten (Auckland) - A Shark Story

Carol has been Head Teacher at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten since 1993 and completed study for Master of Education in 2010.  She is a recipient of the 2012 NZ national NEiTA Leadership award and a member of the Ministry of Education's Advisory Group Early Learning.  This year the Mangere Bridge Kindergarten Teaching team were awarded the Takatu Prize in the Prime Minister's award for Excellence in Education for their work on transition to school.

Carol is the co-author of Crossing the Border, published by NZCER Press in 2012 and several earlier articles from the COI research.  Research is a way of life at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten and the team have just completed a two year TLRi researching Supporting Children Who Learn In More Than One Language.



Melissa Osmond, Greerton Early Childhood Centre (Tauranga) - A Tale about a Tail

Kia Ora, my name is Melissa Osmond and I am a teacher at Greerton Early Childhood Centres in Tauranga.  My husband and I have been living and teaching in Tauranga for over 12 years now and each and every day is still full of challenge, wonderment and joyfulness.  I have been involved with ELP for over 14 years and feel honoured to still be a part of this innovative, passionate group of teachers.

I have two amazing children, Zavier, 11 and Peyton, 1 who keep me deeply engaged and intrigued about learning.  I have also been on the Board of Trustees at my son's school for more than 5 years which has broadened my thinking about teaching and learning from a governance perspective.



Cathy Tombleson, Selwyn Kindergarten (Rotorua) - Huirama and the Dominoes

Cathy is a teacher at Selwyn Kindergarten. She has been a teacher in early childhood for a number of years. This includes Playcentre (where she developed an interest in early childhood learning and teaching, with her own children) as well also childcare, a Montessori Centre and currently kindergarten.

Cathy has mokopuna who have helped to shape her teaching and learning in recent years.    In particular Cathy has learnt more about the benefits of engaging children in learning through popular culture from her moko and the tamariki she teaches and learn’s from.

Cathy has a particular interest in reflective practice, popular culture and a passion for writing learning stories that make a difference to her teaching, the tamariki and nga whanau lives.



Jo Colbert, ELP Facilitator (Auckland) - A Sense of Belonging

Jo has a Bachelor of Teaching and has been a teacher in a variety of ECE settings including Kindergarten, a creche, full day ECE settings as well as being a Play Centre Parent. Her most recent teaching  experience was at Glamorgan Kindergarten in 2014 for a term. Previous to this her last long term job was at Westmere kindergarten where she was head teacher for 8 years.

"I have a deep interest in learning stories and planning and have seen the difference this can make for outcomes for children. In recent times Self Review has become an interest and I enjoy supporting teachers through this process. Of course I also have a passion for ICT and am truly in my element when working with teachers and children to support their learning in this area."



Rachael Maiden & Amanda Jack, Kids First Kindergarten Rutland Street (Christchurch) - My Feelings

Rachael has been involved in early education for the last twenty years and this has led to working in a variety of learning environments.  Currently she is the Head Teacher of Kids First Kindergarten Rutland Street (Christchurch) where she has led the development of a learning programme that has a strong connection to visual art and a child-led learning programme.

Amanda is an experienced early childhood teacher who has worked across the sector in both childcare and kindergartens. Amanda has owned her own early childhood centre that was unfortunately damaged in the 2011 earthquakes.  Since then she has brought her experience to kindergartens in Christchurch where she has been instrumental in ensuring a focus on feelings, kindness and empathy underpins the early childhood programme and teaching practices.



Gavin Kerr, Greerton Early Childhood Centre (Tauranga) - Poppy's Butterfly

I graduated from the University of Waikato in 2013 with a Bachelor of Primary Teaching. During this time, my daughter was attending GECC and I began hanging around the Centre more and more. In fact I was hanging round so much, that in the end they decided to start paying me. By the time I became qualified, I found I had become so connected with the place, the people, the philosophies and the values of Te Whāriki, that the decision was easily made to stick around. 

Learning Stories, for me, have become key in capturing and analysing a learning moment in its entirety, and it is through learning stories that I will be sharing many such amazing moments around 'tinkering' in this workshop. 



Sue Fahey, Matangi Āwhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Still a Kaiāwhina

Tēnā koutou katoa.   Ko Sue Fahey tōku ingoa.  He kaiako ahau ki te kōhungahunga o Matangi Āwhio, Whakatū. Nō Murihiku ahau, engari, ināianei e noho ana au ki Whakatū.  Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Kia ora. My name is Sue Fahey and I am the Head Teacher at Matangi Āwhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson. Alongside our spaces for infants and toddlers (Teina), and young children (Pakeke), we also have a space within the onsite Teen Parent Unit for infants and toddlers (Pōtiki).  I am passionate about excellent quality care and education for infants, toddlers and young children, within an environment steeped in Māoritanga.



Sue Fahey, Matangi Āwhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Breeze the Kaiāwhina

Tēnā koutou katoa.   Ko Sue Fahey tōku ingoa.  He kaiako ahau ki te kōhungahunga o Matangi Āwhio, Whakatū. Nō Murihiku ahau, engari, ināianei e noho ana au ki Whakatū.  Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Kia ora. My name is Sue Fahey and I am the Head Teacher at Matangi Āwhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten in Nelson. Alongside our spaces for infants and toddlers (Teina), and young children (Pakeke), we also have a space within the onsite Teen Parent Unit for infants and toddlers (Pōtiki).  I am passionate about excellent quality care and education for infants, toddlers and young children, within an environment steeped in Māoritanga.



Karen Ramsey, Roskill South Kindergarten (Auckland) - A Spider Man Book

Karen is a teacher at Roskill South Kindergarten and has been a part of this learning community since July 1997.  In 2000, Karen participated in the Educational Leadership Project professional learning development programme. The discovery of Learning Stories transformed Karen’s teaching and learning practices.  This ignited her interest and passion for documenting children’s learning and her vision for the use of ICT began.

Karen went onto lead the Roskill South Kindergarten Centre of Innovation Project (2003-2006) and researched, How the use of ICT in pedagogical practice builds community, competence and continuity.   The Roskill South Kindergarten community has generously shared their stories with many and Karen has disseminated and inspired teachers throughout New Zealand and beyond.



Karen Ramsey, Roskill South Kindergarten Auckland) - A Warm Welcome

Karen is a teacher at Roskill South Kindergarten and has been a part of this learning community since July 1997.  In 2000, Karen participated in the Educational Leadership Project professional learningdevelopment programme. The discovery of Learning Stories transformed Karen’s teaching and learning practices.  This ignited her interest  and passion for documenting children’s learning and her vision for the use of ICT began.

Karen went onto lead the Roskill South Kindergarten Centre of Innovation Project (2003-2006) and researched, How the use of ICT in pedagogical practice builds community, competence and continuity. The Roskill South Kindergarten community has generously shared their stories with many and Karen has disseminated and inspired teachers throughout New Zealand and beyond.



Becks Ching, Rangi Ruru Preschool (Christchurch) - Nests and Olives

Becks began her teaching journey when she graduated in 2005 with her Diploma of Teaching.  Since then a lot has changed andshe has had ongoing Professional Development in many areas over the past six years including a Certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health.

"I am passionate about inquiry based learning and promoting a community of creative thinkers who are able to collaborate ideas and make learning meaningful to their own experiences.  My Learning Stories will touch on these concepts."



Beth Hunia, Rangi Ruru Preschool (Christchurch) - The Great Duckling Escape Route

Beth is an experienced ECE teacher and has a Bachelor of Education (Canterbury).  She works at Rangi Ruru Preschool in Christchurch and part time as a Professional Practice Supervisor for University of Canterbury College of Education.

The team at Rangi Ruru is comitted to providing an education for 21st Century learners and celebrating creative thinkers who develop working theories that help them make sense of the world.

"I have an interest in looking at how children learn in a group and how the interactions between friends influences this learning."



Carol Hartley, Jemma Smith and Pat Rogers, Mangere Bridge Kindergarten (Auckland) - Kindergarten at the Farm

Carol has been Head Teacher at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten since 1993 and completed her study for a Master of Education in 2010. She is a recent recipient of a 2012 NZ national NEiTA Leadership award. She is also co-author of “Crossing the Border” published by NZCER Press in 2012 and several earlier articles from the COI research.

Pat Rogers is a Teacher and Researcher of the three-year action research project undertaken as a Centre of Innovation (COI) at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten during 2006 – 2008. Pat joined the team at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten in 2007 and is currently studying for her post-graduate Diploma in Education. Like Carol, she is co-author of “Crossing the Border" and several earlier articles from the COI research.

Jemma Smith is a Teacher and Researcher of the three-year action research project undertaken as a Centre of Innovation (COI) at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten during 2006 – 2008. Jemma joined the team in 2008 and like her 2 colleagues is co-author of “Crossing the Border” and several earlier articles from the COI research.



Carol Hartley, Jemma Smith and Pat Rogers, Mangere Bridge Kindergarten (Auckland) - Rylee Is Curious

Carol has been Head Teacher at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten since 1993 and completed her study for a Master of Education in 2010. She is a recent recipient of a 2012 NZ national NEiTA Leadership award. She is also co-author of “Crossing the Border” published by NZCER Press in 2012 and several earlier articles from the COI research.

Pat Rogers is a Teacher and Researcher of the three-year action research project undertaken as a Centre of Innovation (COI) at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten during 2006 – 2008. Pat joined the team at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten in 2007 and is currently studying for her post-graduate Diploma in Education. Like Carol, she is co-author of “Crossing the Border" and several earlier articles from the COI research.

Jemma Smith is a Teacher and Researcher of the three-year action research project undertaken as a Centre of Innovation (COI) at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten during 2006 – 2008. Jemma joined the team in 2008 and like her 2 colleagues is co-author of “Crossing the Border” and several earlier articles from the COI research.



Cathie Zelas, Halswell School (Christchurch) - This Learning Story

Cathie is Assistant Principal at Halswell School in Christchurch where she is Literacy Leader and also leads a large junior school team. Prior to her current position, Cathie has taught in other Christchurch schools as well as schools in Dunedin and England. She has held a variety of leadership roles mainly in the junior school and also been a coordinator of a large HPP oral language programme in Dunedin.



Cathy Tombleson, Selwyn Kindergarten (Rotorua) - A Learning Story for Clayton

Cathy originally trained as a nurse and after having children developed an interest in Early Childhood, completing a Diploma of Teaching after teaching as an untrained reliever in an Early Childhood Centre. She has taught, and learnt, in an early childhood and a Montessori centre. Cathy is currently a member and teacher of the Selwyn Kindergarten learning community in Rotorua.

“I have a passion for writing and documenting assessment for learning for both the tamariki and myself. I enjoy asking questions of myself and my practice and reflecting on my thoughts and ideas with colleagues and early childhood students, whom I mentor. I was acting head teacher for 9 months at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.

I feel passionate about being honest with myself and listening and learning from others around me. I acknowledge the learning that experience has provided for me over the years, some of which has been difficult. I also acknowledge the learning I have gained from those around me."



Donna Anderson, Molyneux Educare (Cromwell) - Language and Literature

Donna Anderson is an educator at Molyneux Educare in Cromwell.  She presented at our Celebrating Learning Stories conference in 2013.



Donna Anderson, Molyneux Educare (Cromwell) - Taking Risks

Donna Anderson is an educator at Molyneux Educare in Cromwell.  She presented at our Celebrating Learning Stories conference in 2013.



Huhana Winiata, Awhi Whanau Early Childhood Centre (Auckland) - Devon the Rangatira

Huhana Winiata is an educator at the Awhi Whānau Early Childhood Centre in Auckland.  She presented at our Celebrating Learning Stories conference in 2013.



Jenny - Being Brave

Jaymee shows courage and bravery in this Learning Story written by Jenny.



Huhana Winiata, Awhi Whanau Early Childhood Centre (Auckland) - Matilda Literacy Pepeha

Huhana Winiata is an educator at the Awhi Whānau Early Childhood Centre in Auckland.  She presented at our Celebrating Learning Stories conference in 2013.



Jo Aitken, Northcote School (Christchurch) - Helping Buddy

Jo has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specialising in early years teaching, from the University of East Anglia in the UK.  She is currently the Deputy Principal at Northcote School, Christchurch, where she also teaches a New Entrant class.

In 2007, Jo introduced Learning Stories as a primary assessment tool in Northcote School. This was a school-wide initiative that has evolved and adapted over time. In 2009,  Jo was awarded the Graham Nutthall Classroom Research Award in order to research and investigate the children’s perspectives of Learning Stories at Northcote School. 

Jo holds a passionate belief that “every child should be able to achieve and celebrate success in a wide variety of different ways” and feels that Learning Stories are an excellent way of capturing those precious teaching and learning moments.  She has also strived to improve home/school links and feels that Learning Stories are an interactive, easily understandable and positive way in which to communicate a child’s learning to themselves, their peers and their whānau.



Jo Aitken, Northcote School (Christchurch) - Working Together

Jo has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specialising in early years teaching, from the University of East Anglia in the UK.  She is currently the Deputy Principal at Northcote School, Christchurch, where she also teaches a New Entrant class.

In 2007, Jo introduced Learning Stories as a primary assessment tool in Northcote School. This was a school-wide initiative that has evolved and adapted over time. In 2009,  Jo was awarded the Graham Nutthall Classroom Research Award in order to research and investigate the children’s perspectives of Learning Stories at Northcote School. 

Jo holds a passionate belief that “every child should be able to achieve and celebrate success in a wide variety of different ways” and feels that Learning Stories are an excellent way of capturing those precious teaching and learning moments.  She has also strived to improve home/school links and feels that Learning Stories are an interactive, easily understandable and positive way in which to communicate a child’s learning to themselves, their peers and their whānau.



Jo Bourke, Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Olivia: A Love of the Natural World

Look, find, touch and taste!  Olivia explores the great outdoors.



Karen Ramsey, Roskill South Kindergarten (Auckland) - 'Come and Watch Me'

Karen Ramsey is the Head Teacher at Roskill South Kindergarten and has been a part of this learning community since July 1997. In 2000, Karen participated in the Education Leadership Project and the discovery of Learning Stories transformed Karen’s teaching and learning practices.  This ignited her interest and passion for documenting children’s learning and her vision for the use of ICT began. Karen went on to lead the Roskill South Kindergarten Centre of Innovation Project (2003-2006) and researched "How the use of ICT in pedagogical practice builds community, competence and continuity."



Kelly Tahiwi, Te Wananga o Raukawa (Otaki) - Tirama, Tirama

A story by Kelly showing how Iya's confidence and leadership skills were increased by waiata.



Kirsty da Silviera, St Peters Childcare (Tauranga) - Liam the Comedian

Kirsty is an educator at St. Peter's Childcare in Tauranga.  She completed her Graduate Diploma in 2011 and enjoys helping and supporting children to become lifelong learners.

 



Loretta Lepa and team, Samoa Taumafai A’oga Amata (Tokoroa) - Learning Story for Lauren

Loretta's Learning Story for Lauren shows the centre's deep understanding of Lauren's rhythms and routines.  It also highlights this centre community's strong foundation in Samoan culture and traditions (lullabies in this story).

Samoa Taumafai Aoga Amata is a Samoan language immersion centre in Tokoroa.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Addison's Growing Engagement

A Learning Story about the way Addison responds to changes in his centre and family experiences.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Cohen's Learning Journey

A Learning Story about the start of Cohen's learning journey at Nayland Kindergarten.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Cohen's Multi-Literacies

Lynne writes about Cohen's love of different literaceisa nd how this allows him to connect with other people in the centre.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - James Gets Physical: Being A Learner

Lynne's story about the benefits of physical play for James.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - James Sets His Goals

A Learning Story about James' increasing reslience and learning new skills.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Joel the Planner

Joel's plan to help other children cross the road safely.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Lachlan and the Monkey Bars

Lachlan masters the monkey bars.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Lachlan's Portraiture

A story exploring Lachlan's growing interest in painting.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Lachlan's Pumpkin Dish

Lachlan's kitchen experiment.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Lynne Paul, Nayland Kindergarten (Nelson) - Liam Loves to Read and Write

A story about reading and writing with help from Kathleen, a studen teacher at Nayland Kindergarten.

Lynne explains that Nayland Kindergarten "...writes for boys in different ways, using lots of photos so that they can tell their own stories..." and that they "...use digital tools for children to capture their own learning...Boys are highly motivated by Comic Life [an app from the Mac App Store] Learning Stories as it captures their interest to see themselves through a graphic lens."

More information about Nayland Kindergarten can be found on their website and their blog.



Marianne MacPherson, Pigeon Mountain Kindergarten (Auckland) - Accomplishing a Goal

In this Learning Story we see the effects of Payton's determination in reaching her goal.

 



Marianne MacPherson, Pigeon Mountain Kindergarten (Auckland) - The Jumping Continues

Payton's goal setting continues.

 



Maungaarangi Kindergarten and Whānau Centre (Tauranga) - Learning Story for Raiha

Rina welcomes Raiha to the wider Maunagaarangi whānau, while also acknowledging Raiha's own whānau as well as her strengths.

Maungaarangi (Mountains amongst the sky) was built in 2010 and sits on large, sloping grounds where our tamariki/children have the opportunity to explore and challenge themselves in a natural environment.  This is combined with the use of natural quality based activities inside the purposefully designed whare/centre.  Tamariki have the option of extending their knowledge in areas they are interested in from stories, to music, to early literacy skills, to technology, to sewing through to construction and care of animals (such as our heihei/chickens).

We take seriously the need to involve and engage whānau/families in the centre and we actively encourage and support whānau to be engaged in whatever aspect of the centre they choose.  We have been fortunate enough to have the support of the Welcome Bay school and the local iwi Ngati Pukenga in establishing and growing Maungaarangi.  The close link that Maungaarangi has with local iwi and hapu is one of the ways in which we incorporate tikanga Māori (Māori language and culture) into the programme.  We have grown a strong sense of tikanga in our practices and procedures.



Maungaarangi Kindergarten and Whānau Centre (Tauranga) - Various

Various Learning Stories by the Maungaarangi team as presented at the 2013 Celebrating Learning Stories conference.

Maungaarangi (Mountains amongst the sky) was built in 2010 and sits on large, sloping grounds where our tamariki/children have the opportunity to explore and challenge themselves in a natural environment.  This is combined with the use of natural quality based activities inside the purposefully designed whare/centre.  Tamariki have the option of extending their knowledge in areas they are interested in from stories, to music, to early literacy skills, to technology, to sewing through to construction and care of animals (such as our heihei/chickens).

We take seriously the need to involve and engage whānau/families in the centre and we actively encourage and support whānau to be engaged in whatever aspect of the centre they choose.  We have been fortunate enough to have the support of the Welcome Bay school and the local iwi Ngati Pukenga in establishing and growing Maungaarangi.  The close link that Maungaarangi has with local iwi and hapu is one of the ways in which we incorporate tikanga Māori (Māori language and culture) into the programme.  We have grown a strong sense of tikanga in our practices and procedures.



Megan Howell, Morningside Playcentre (Auckland) - Doing the Washing

In her Learning Story "Doing the Washing", Megan writes about her 13-month old daughter, Xanthe, exploring and learning about real world objects, such as the drier in this story.

Megan is one of the parent educators at Morningside Playcentre in Auckland.  She has a PhD in Planning and has spent much of her professional life working in strategy and policy roles in local government and the research and academic sectors.

Megan joined Playcentre with her son in 2008, and has enjoyed being immersed in a while new area of learning. "Becoming a parent educator has allowed me to learn alongside my children, and truly appreciate the incredible growth and exploration that is taking place in their early years."



Megan Hunter, Longford Kindergarten (Gore) - The Art of Balancing

The Art of Balancing is a Learning Story Megan wrote for Lily which highlights both Lily's learning dispositions as well as their connection to the philosophy at Longford Kindergarten.

I began my Kindergarten teaching journey back in 1997 where I graduated from Christchurch College of Education with a Diploma of Teaching.  Over the years I upgraded my qualification to a degree, had an overseas experience and returned back to teaching in Southland.  I have been the Head Teacher at Longford Kindergarten since it opened in 2010.

My pedagogy of teaching has had many influences, in particular the Reggio Emilia Approach.  My special interests or passions include social competence, brain development, inquiry learning, collaboration, relationships, reflection and creating documentation that celebrate children's learning!



Rachael Thompson, St. Peter's Childcare (Tauranga) - Alana's Cat Tale

In this story, Alana's love of cats leads Raechel to help her sew her own cat tail.

Raechel has worked in a part-time role at St. Peter's childcare for the past three years.  She has also worked as a qualified nanny through Playcentre and for Group Special Education.



St. Luke's Mokopuna team (Tokoroa) - Time to Change My Nappy Mama

A story written by the team at St. Luke's Mokopuna aobut a responsive changing time with Jayden.

 



Sudha Jacob, Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten (Auckland) - Where Does Butter Come From?

This Learning Story, written by Sudha, is a story that sparked a term-long scientific investigation that followed children's scientific thinking and inquiry.  

Sudha Jacob has a Master of Arts from the University of Madras (1999), and a Diploma of Teaching from the University of Auckland (2007).  Sudha has been teaching at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten since 2007, she is interested in the way children's theories can be part of early childhood programme planning and lead to deep engagement in learning for both children and teachers.



Sue Fahey, Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Learning Story for Breeze

Sue writes about how Breeze uses different kinds of literacies, visual, emotional, non-verbal and social.

Sue is an infant and toddlers kaiako at Te Kohungahunga o Matangi Awhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten in Whakatu/Nelson.  Sue's interest in ECE was sparked by her involvement with the kindergarten her chidlren attended.  Encouraged by the kaiako there, Sue undertook study as a distance student, and graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) in 2010 from the University of Canterbury.

Sue's first teaching placement was in an infant and toddlers setting - and this ignited a desire to continue to work with this age group.  Sue started at Matangi Awhio less than a month after it opened; the week after her final assignment was posted!

"I have been involved with infants and toddlers for most of my life in one role or another, and am very excited about where I am now.  I am passionate about the provision of excellent quality care and education for the very youngest of our citizens.  I consider myself very fortunate to be part of a committed team who share this passion.  My teaching practice, like those of my colleagues, is grounded in respect and relationships, and is steeped in Maoritanga.  I am passionate about ongoing learning; for tamariki whānau, and kaiako.  Our literacy research journey is leading us all to explore literacy in increasingly wider ways, and is visible through our Learning Stories.  Excitingly, whānau are increasingly engaging in their children's learning.  It is a time of growth for us all."



Sue Fahey, Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Willow Katakata

A story about how Willow's happy nature can help facilitate learning.

Sue is an infant and toddlers kaiako at Te Kohungahunga o Matangi Awhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten in Whakatu/Nelson.  Sue's interest in ECE was sparked by her involvement with the kindergarten her chidlren attended.  Encouraged by the kaiako there, Sue undertook study as a distance student, and graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) in 2010 from the University of Canterbury.

Sue's first teaching placement was in an infant and toddlers setting - and this ignited a desire to continue to work with this age group.  Sue started at Matangi Awhio less than a month after it opened; the week after her final assignment was posted!

"I have been involved with infants and toddlers for most of my life in one role or another, and am very excited about where I am now.  I am passionate about the provision of excellent quality care and education for the very youngest of our citizens.  I consider myself very fortunate to be part of a committed team who share this passion.  My teaching practice, like those of my colleagues, is grounded in respect and relationships, and is steeped in Maoritanga.  I am passionate about ongoing learning; for tamariki whānau, and kaiako.  Our literacy research journey is leading us all to explore literacy in increasingly wider ways, and is visible through our Learning Stories.  Excitingly, whānau are increasingly engaging in their children's learning.  It is a time of growth for us all."



Sue Fahey, Auckland Point Kindergarten (Nelson) - Atlas Ko Au!

The story of when Atlas received his first profile book.

Sue is an infant and toddlers kaiako at Te Kohungahunga o Matangi Awhio/Auckland Point Kindergarten in Whakatu/Nelson.  Sue's interest in ECE was sparked by her involvement with the kindergarten her chidlren attended.  Encouraged by the kaiako there, Sue undertook study as a distance student, and graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) in 2010 from the University of Canterbury.

Sue's first teaching placement was in an infant and toddlers setting - and this ignited a desire to continue to work with this age group.  Sue started at Matangi Awhio less than a month after it opened; the week after her final assignment was posted!

"I have been involved with infants and toddlers for most of my life in one role or another, and am very excited about where I am now.  I am passionate about the provision of excellent quality care and education for the very youngest of our citizens.  I consider myself very fortunate to be part of a committed team who share this passion.  My teaching practice, like those of my colleagues, is grounded in respect and relationships, and is steeped in Maoritanga.  I am passionate about ongoing learning; for tamariki whānau, and kaiako.  Our literacy research journey is leading us all to explore literacy in increasingly wider ways, and is visible through our Learning Stories.  Excitingly, whānau are increasingly engaging in their children's learning.  It is a time of growth for us all."



Tania Jack, Taitoko Kindergarten (Levin) - Learna's Learning Journey

An example of one of Taitoko Kindergarten's Transition to School booklets.



Thelma Chapman, Awhi Whānau Early Childhood Centre (Auckland) - Carew Is My Cousin

This Learning Story, written by Thelma's daughter, is a very intimate account of a journey that Thelma's moko experienced in the wake of a loss of a cousin.

Tena koutou katoa, Ko Thelma Chapman toku ingoa.

I am passionate about teaching and learning.  I have a BEd, a Dip Tchg (Primary) and Dip ECEd and have been involved in education for over 40 years.  I have a particular passion for Māori education, as my husband is Māori and we have 4 children and 8 grandchildren who share in a Māori heritage.

I believe that relationships are key in order for teaching and learning to be effective.  I love seeing potentional being unleashed as new understandings occur, the joy and sheer delight on children's faces in achieving and the quiet satisfaction in knowing that new 'heights' have been gained even though it was a struggle.



Thelma Chapman, Awhi Whānau Early Childhood Centre (Auckalnd) - A Practice At Home

This documentation is written by Thelma and includes her reflection of her conversation with her moko.

Tena koutou katoa, Ko Thelma Chapman toku ingoa.

I am passionate about teaching and learning.  I have a BEd, a Dip Tchg (Primary) and Dip ECEd and have been involved in education for over 40 years.  I have a particular passion for Māori education, as my husband is Māori and we have 4 children and 8 grandchildren who share in a Māori heritage.

I believe that relationships are key in order for teaching and learning to be effective.  I love seeing potentional being unleashed as new understandings occur, the joy and sheer delight on children's faces in achieving and the quiet satisfaction in knowing that new 'heights' have been gained even though it was a struggle.