What you'll learn

Observation. Provocation. Collection. Action. Reflection. A cycle of Learning Stories expands the child’s agency in her own learning.

Join University of Michigan's Zach Bernstein to learn more about this more active role for Learning Stories in your teaching.

Learning Stories can be experiences, materials that propel the process of learning, part of the Cycle of Inquiry.

Imagine a child’s first experience with scissors, for example. Imagine reading this Learning Story as a provocation with the child! Imagine reflecting with the child about her first try with the scissors: her skills, her curiosity, her frustration, her perseverance.

Imagine planning her next attempt with the scissors: how to hold them, what materials she needs, what plan (if any) for a specific creation.

Imagine writing a second Learning Story about her next experience with the scissors and using this new one as another provocation to propel her forward in her work.

Learning Story after Learning Story expands the child’s agency in her own learning. Note, Zach's perspective is Reggio inspired, but the active use of Learning Stories as "agents of agency" is an idea that can be applied universally.

Certificate available at completion.

Your instructor

Senior Instructor Zachary Bernstein

My name is Zachary J. Bernstein, and I love to make unheard voices heard. This statement is my life’s purpose.

The bulk of my teaching experience over the last 21 years has been in Early Childhood Education and at a community college. I love writing stories because stories ask questions and these questions make connections.

My adventures in ECE show me that the more we bring Learning Stories to life, the more we make our children’s voices, our families’ voices, our communities voices, and our (educators’) voices heard.