Workshop 5

Inspire l Inquire l Imagine

Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Session One: 10:15-11:45am


Presenter: Wendy Lee, ELP

Workshop 5: Using Learning Stories to Capture the Spirit of the Outdoors

Many ECE environments currently lack connection with nature and we know that children who do not experience nature and the outdoors are very unlikely to develop an affinity for and protect the environment in the future. We therefore have a responsibility to be powerful advocates for reconnecting children the outdoors, both within the setting and beyond the walls of the setting. One of the most effective ways of doing this is the day-to-day documentation of the learning in your setting. I believe that Learning Story philosophy provides a powerful vehicle to not only build the learner identity of the child, but also to create opportunities for you to be a powerful advocate for the outdoors. Bring two or three ‘outdoor’ Learning Stories to share, there will also be opportunities for you to consider how you might develop your advocacy role within these Learning Stories.

Personal bio

Wendy is the director of Educational Leadership Project Ltd. and was previously co-director of the Early Childhood Learning and Assessment National Exemplar Project 'Kei Tua o te Pae'. Wendy has over 45 years of experience in early childhood education. In recent years, Wendy has worked as a researcher with Professor Margaret Carr on a number of projects including: the Assessment in Early Childhood Settings Research Project; the Marsden Project Dispositions in a Social Context; and the Centre of Innovation Projects with Roskill South Kindergarten and Greerton ECC. She is also a co-director on the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Project - "Learning Wisdom".  Wendy has authored several papers and books.