I love some of the key ideas in Working in the Reggio Way by Wurm:
- Documentation is important for not only the children to see the process of their thinking and their work but also for the teachers to grow in their craft and understanding of children.
- "Documentation can serve to illuminate the thinking, a change in thinking that occurred, what was learned or not learned, the evolution of the behavior, questioning, maturity, responses, and opinions." (Wurm, 2005)
- Documentation begins with observation. (We have a good start here- since we are getting much more thoughtful and reflective in the way that we are truly watching students.)
- Interesting thoughts on how to get started:
* documentating student's thoughts during different times of the day and placing those by the posted visual schedule.
* Taking lots of pictures and showing them as a slide show (possibly have a slide show running each morning on the Smart Board?)
* another resource I read noted that keeping a web of student's thoughts and ideas as a project develops is a good way of displaying the process of the children's thinking. I liked this idea for we would always be referring back to it with the children- so that the documentation is useful and children are able to gain the skill of reflecting on their thinking.
* I saw a documentation board in one classroom that had a picture and one or two quotes from students for each month- although it wouldn't capture the thinking through a whole project, I thought it was a good way to demonstrate to students the passage of time.
Can't wait to hear about the types of documentation used at Journey School. What are your ponderings, questions, wonderings regarding the display of and use of documentation?