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Autumn Forest

Learning is embedded in memory, history and story.
~ First Peoples Principles of Learning

Big Idea #1: Learning Story

​Each of us is made up of millions of unique experiences and moments that shape the person we become.  As humans, we are hardwired to need stories and to tell stories. Stories are how we make sense of our lives.  You will create a learning story that showcases who you are at this point in your life. You can share your interests, accomplishments, passions, goals, or even challenges.

The goal of this story is to demonstrate that you know who you are as a person, as this will influence your choices as you transition from high school.


What makes a good story?

A quality learning story reveals who you are as a person through detailed examples or experiences.  You can draw from your interests, accomplishments, passions, goals, or even challenges. Your story should demonstrate how these experiences have shifted your thinking, broadened your perspective, and shaped who you are becoming.  The process of crafting your story will be deeply personal, and you may choose to include “aha!” moments, learning milestones, struggles, dilemmas, uncertainties, and breakthroughs. You can select one key example/experience/event or multiple examples to create a comprehensive picture of who you are.


Success Criteria:
  • I can talk about my story easily. 

  • I can explain how the experience impacted me in a meaningful way.

  • I can provide a powerful example(s) to reveal a comprehensive picture of who I am.

  • I can provide relevant and accurate evidence to create a logical story.

  • My story follows a logical sequence of thoughts and ideas.

  • My story connects appropriate content to the overarching theme.

  • My story describes my learning journey and how my experience(s) have shifted my thinking, broadened my perspective, and shaped who I am becoming.

  • My story includes compelling features to engage the audience.

  • My story demonstrates my growth mindset.

  • My story reveals who I am as a person (my interests, accomplishments, passions, goals, or even challenges).


​How do I share my story?

Firstly, in your Career class you will share your story on your ePortfolio.  As part of this course, you will have opportunities to:

  • Document your story in written, audio, visual, or video format on your ePortfolio.

  • Evaluate and include relevant images/videos to support your story.

You will use this learning story during your Professional Conversation in Grade 12.

Finally, you will share your learning story as part of your Professional Conversation during the Capstone Presentation in Grade 12.  For your Capstone Presentation in Grade 12:

  • Possible artifacts to bring: a blog, a song, a project, a piece of art, paper, artifacts from a sport or activity.  Anything that has meaning for you and that you can explain how it has impacted you.  The artifact may be a "more literal representation of an accomplishment" or a "metaphor for your learning journey".

  • The artifact is not as important as your explanation of how it is relevant to your story (artifacts are not mandatory).


How will the story be assessed? Learning Maps

Learning maps are used to guide the process of learning; rubrics are for products. You can be at different levels of achievement within each box of the learning map, and you will move towards mastery as you progress with your learning. You will have opportunities to interact with the learning map regularly, to set goals, document your learning, and check in with your mentor/teacher to assess their progress.

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