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Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Session One: 10:15-11:45am

Presenter: Tara O’Neill, Haeata Community Campus

Workshop 8: Capturing the Learning: A Primary School Perspective

Play in the Primary Classroom is a relatively new movement in New Zealand, at least within recent years. Learning stories have been central in Tara's journey of changing practice and her view of learning.  They allow her to capture learning in a very unique way.  They have impacted the way she views learning and while she is focused on writing them, direct her attention to children in a way summative assessment can not.  They allow her to see a wide range of learning dispositions which are critical to the Haeata  curriculum.

Personal bio

Tara is one of two Kaiarahi (team leaders) at Haeata Community Campus, which opened this year in Christchurch. She co-leads the Year 1 to 3 Hapari of 8 teachers, 160 students and 7 Kaiawhina (teacher aides). Tara is in her third year of developing learning through play and is relishing the opportunity of co-creating learning with a team.  

Learning Story examples from Tara:

The home base

Why do sponges have holes?