Workshop 8: “Horton Hears a Who”… Do You? – Learning Stories in a Singapore Preschool Context (EL)
Trainer: Cynthia Tan (Cove)
The Caterpillar’s Cove first examined the use of learning stories as a form of documentation in 2009, and adapted from elements of learning stories developed by Margaret Carr (2001) as part of a curriculum intervention in a doctoral study. In the last three years, documentation through learning stories has evolved along with the growth of the centre as well as the development of individual teachers.
This workshop aims to provide an insight as to how learning stories can be used in a Singapore preschool context, referenced to learning outcomes and dispositions. It discusses how learning stories capture the context of meeting the needs of individual children in a group setting. Most importantly, learning stories are impressions of a learning environment - they create opportunities for educators, as reflective practitioners, to consider the effectiveness of their strategies and guide decisions for future learning experiences.
About the Trainer
CYNTHIA TAN, Vice-Principal at The Caterpillar’s Cove Child Development and Study Centre was a recipient of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Foreign Specialized Institutions Scholarship, and graduated as valedictorian from the Wheelock College Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership as the sole recipient of a Bachelor with Honours in her cohort.
Employed at the Cove since 2009, Cynthia has been a classroom practitioner of different age groups ranging from the toddlers to Kindergarteners. Currently, she manages centre operations, the staff and quality development of the centre. She has presented at several conferences including the annual conference by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Washington D.C. in 2009, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Child Care Seminar in 2010 and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) congress in 2010. Cynthia continues to be involved as a guest-speaker and facilitator in lectures and workshops with both pre- and in-service early childhood professionals.
Available workshop sessions:
Session 1 – 11am to 12.30pm