By Ohood Fouda
Ray L. Wilbur, third president of Stanford University
"The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation."
“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.”
- Gail Godwin
“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”
- Maria Montessori
“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.
- Dr. Hiam Ginnot
what is Documentation?
includes samples of a child’s work at
several different stages of completion:
photographs showing work in progress; comments written by the teacher or other adults working with the
children; transcriptions of children’s
discussions, comments, and explanations of intentions about the activity;
and comments made by parents” Katz
Making Learning Visible
Documentation is the windows of learning, which gives you the insight onto children's develoment and learning.
The documentation process is best
done in collaboration with other
teachers, parents, and, in some cases,children soon after the experience.
The information and product become richer when two or more teachers, children, and parents work together to understand an event.
Types of Documentation
Gives a scope of what is happening during the day
An apportunity to get to know what are the children's learning
An insight to collaborate with the teacher for more learning apportuinties.
For the child
An opportunity to revisit previous projects.
Help children reflect
Connect them to future lessons
Extend more possibilities and ideas to expand their exploration.
For the teacher
The teacher presents data in ways that show others what children have been thinking, feeling, or valuing.
Expresses hypotheses about the children’s experiences and ideas.
collecting evidence and producing a summary presentation.
Recognize why certain aspects of child development are important to assess.
Develop an effective curriculum based on the children's interests and development stage.
Documentation V Display
Display only shows the products of children's work.
Documentation, what tells you the story of the learning in action, thoughts, experience took place , ideas and collaboration that brought that product to life.