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Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Session One: 10:15-11:45am

Presenter: Sue Fahey, Nelson Tasman Kindergartens

Workshop 3: Connecting the extraordinary and the ordinary

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi 

With your basket and my basket the people will live

Every day in many different ways we are all making connections – with people, with places and places and with things. Teachers ensure children connect their own special strengths and ways of knowing, being and doing with learning that is valued. They recognise that children learn best when the people in their lives help them make connections across different settings. A hospital stay, even if very brief, has the potential to disrupt children’s connections and blur the lines between the ordinary and the extraordinary. 

In this workshop Sue explores the use of learning stories to nurture connections between children and their learning, and across settings. Stories of courage, resilience and collaboration connect the ordinary and the extraordinary for children, families and teachers. Come and discover what this means for you and the children in your setting.


Personal bio

"Tēnā koutou katoa. My name is Sue Fahey and I work for Nelson Tasman Kindergartens as the Play Specialist/Head Teacher at Te Whare Manaaki, a kindergarten with a difference, situated within the Paediatric Unit of Nelson Hospital. In collaboration with Nelson Marlborough Health, we opened in late November 2016. I am passionate about the rights of infants, toddlers and children to play and experience the ‘ordinary’ within the hospital environment.