We are in the process of helping students to articulate, and capture stories about their learning.
This version, Story Catchers 1.0, is the first version, from January 2008.

We are in the process of developing Story Catchers 2.0, which will integrate 1.0 with some of the features used in BNIM.

Story Catchers 1.0

Yesterday (16th Jan 2008) we had a really interesting drop-in session in St Georges 1.12, and we learnt a lot more about capturing stories.


This is a picture of a dream-catcher (see which is a really beautiful instrument to catch dreams.

We’re after something more modest, which is a ‘story catcher’. This is how far we’ve got:

1. Talk
It’s the way we tell stories all the time, its natural and easy. So if you want to capture stories, you can of course do it on your own, like I am doing, just me and the computer, but its actually much easier to tell someone the story, talk about it, exchange other stories first, and capture them later.

2. Capture
So how do you capture a story ‘properly’? Interesting problem! (I’m still working on it!). Here are some suggestions:

  • Start with what you are comfortable with: turn on a tape recorder, or a video camera, try to forget about it, and just tell someone a story while the machine does the capturing for you.
  • Write, or draw the story (see the Examples discussion).
  • Construct a mind map of your story, using pictures as well: Inspiration is available if you want to try it (see the Examples discussion): we can help you construct your mind map).

3. What’s an interesting story?
It’s a story about what you have learnt, that matters to you in terms of becoming who you want to be:

A teacher, programmer, artist, story teller, environmental activist, manager, business leader, para/medic, engineer, counsellor, or a combination of many of these, and other things besides.

And its rich.
It’s a rich description of where you are now, and how you managed to get there: rich in detail, rich in emotional content, rich in memories.

3. Where do I start?
Here is a cheat-sheet (from yesterday’s drop-in session) that you can use. A good story has a beginning, a middle and an end or, as we will say: an end, a beginning, and a middle!

End ....
I now know that ….
I now know how to ….

Middle ...


I first started dealing with this issue when …


I first started thinking about this when ….

Here’s what you do …

1. Think about what you value about your learning, now. Fill in the blanks in one of the top boxes:
I now know how to ... [or] I now know that … (Write the ending first!)

… then look back …

2. Think about where it all began: when, where, and how did it first strike you that this was something you have to/ want to/ should learn? Put a time to it: how many days, weeks, months ago was it? And describe what was happening then. Fill in the gaps in " I first started ...."

3. Fill in the middle: describe what happened between the beginning and the end. How did you manage to get from the beginning to the end?