What you'll learn

Learn how to identify literacy and language development in play, and how to plan a response to extend that learning - using Learning Stories as your thinking, planning and collaboration tool.

As a teacher, there are countless opportunities to extend language and literacy development in play. But it takes careful observation.

The Learning Stories process creates a powerful structure for identifying and reflecting on next steps - and communicating this in a way that will resonate with parents and keeping the momentum going at home.

Certificate available at completion.

Your instructor

Consultant Dr. Sarah Aiono

Based in New Zealand, Sarah is passionate about play, and specifically helping teachers implement evidence-based play pedagogy with fidelity in their everyday practice.

She has extensive experience as a teacher at all age levels, and those particularly with challenging behaviour and learning needs. Now she mentors and facilitates teacher professional learning as an accredited PD facilitator and Massey University post-graduate course advisor.

In addition, she hosts the popular podcast series Play Conversations on Spotify. She has delivered a number of keynote presentations at education events nationally and internationally. As co-director and CEO of Longworth Education, I support schools to implement evidence-based play pedagogy, and specifically focus on ensuring effective teaching practice within primary school play-based learning environments.