Learning stories Kōrero ako

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  • Years 5–8
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Using the Elements to guide learning conversations. Plan your learning conversations. Use the Element cards to help decide on an area of focus. Use the Context cards to decide where to apply this focus. Use the Learning stories activity sheets to guide your learning conversations with other students, class, teachers and whānau.

Ata — Resource collection

This activity is part of the Ata resource collection.

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Essential info

1-2 lessons
Individual or groups

Learners will

  • Notice, describe and reflect on their learning.
  • Develop a self-led approach to goal setting.
  • Identify and explore strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement.
  • Describe where they are at in their learning and identify what their needs and strategies are.
  • Become empowered and resourceful in their learning strategies.
  • Develop a voice and contribute to an individual or collective learning pathway.

Ways to use the resource

  • Use outcomes from the Developing strategies, Approaching challenges and Check-in activities as a precursor to this exercise.
  • Work individually or in groups to identify, record and discuss focus areas.
  • Capture outputs in a format of your choice.
  • Use blank Ata cards to capture new contexts.
  • As a teacher, reflect on the chosen focus areas and compare the perspectives.
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Shown here: The Learning stories activity sheet with four cards placed on it. Two Element cards and two Context cards.


What you will need

Element and Context cards.

Learning stories activity sheets: One per person or group.


1. Preparation

Although it is not essential, it can be helpful if learners have completed the Elements puzzle and Developing strategies activities at least once.

2. Prepare activity sheets

You’ll need to print or photocopy one Learning stories activity sheet for each student or group. There are two formats of the activity sheet: two focus areas and four focus areas. Choose the format that suits your learners best.

3. Choose a focus area

Choose which element(s) you want to focus on.

4. Choose a context

Choose context(s) where you will focus them.

5. Plan and capture

Ahead of your learning conversation, explore how you might approach this focus area in your chosen context. Capture ideas in the form of keywords or prompts that you could use when presenting your Learning stories. Record these prompts in the provided space on the activity sheet.

Use ideas from the Developing strategies activity to help, if completed.

6. Present

Using the Learning stories activity sheet, and your chosen Element and Context cards, present your learning stories, describing your approach and what you hope to achieve.

7. Customise

Use group discussion and blank Ata cards, make your own Context cards that are relevant to your chosen element or focus area.

Next steps

  • Use insights to design or modify future lesson plans and areas of learning inquiry.
  • Use the focus areas and contexts explored in this activity as reference points for future check-ins.
  • Repeat the process over time to notice and respond to ongoing changes.