Friday, March 22, 2013

Be Reggio Inspired: Documentation and Display




Welcome to the sixth post in the series "Be Reggio Inspired."  To date, we have looked at: 
  1.   Top Reggio inspired blogs
  2.   Reggio inspired indoor environments
  3.   Reggio inspired outdoor environments
  4.   Reggio inspired learning materials
  5.   Reggio inspired learning experiences
  6.   Reggio inspired displays
  7.   Reggio inspired on Facebook and Pinterest

Reggio Inspired Documentation and Display


"Documentation can serve to illuminate the thinking, a change in thinking that occurred, what was learned or not learned, the evolution of the behaviour  questioning, maturity, responses, and opinions."
- Wurm, 2005

The centres of Reggio Emilia document their daily experiences with the children, paying attention to the presentation - the visible trace - of the children's thinking.  

Zella Said Purple


Documentation is displayed or easily accessible to teachers, children and families to:
  • provide a record of the learning process
  • reveal connections between events
  • review past experiences
  • plan future experiences
  • make learning visible to children and families
  • honour children's words
  • honour children's families

1.  Inquiring Minds:  Mrs Myers Kindergarten  2.  Playfully Learning

"Documentation is not about what we do, but what we are searching for."
 - Carla Rinaldi

Reggio Inspired Ning
"How can displays around the room and on the walls reflect the value of children's lives and the process of their learning?  How can children personalise their space with art, gifts and treasures inspired by and created by them? " 
- Journey into Early Childhood 

Zella Said Purple

Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Thoughtful and respectful displays of children's the process of children's art communicates to children that their work is valued, and that this is their space.

Crayons, Wands and Building Blocks

"...the displays we create to tell the stories of children’s work naturally infuse the physical space with an authentic identity."
 - Sarah Felstiner @ Emergent Environments

The Blue House International School

Through documentation and display, children see their own ideas and images having an impact on the physical space around them.

Journey into Early Childhood
Classroom displays that honour a child's family and home life, and the local community communicate a powerful message of being and belonging.

Don't forget technology.  Video recorders, PowerPoint presentations, iPads, digital photo frames and tape recordings are an effective way for teachers to document, communicate and reflect on children's learning.  
 My classroom transformation has a list of useful apps for documentation in the classroom.

Garden Gate Child Development Centre
Involving children in the process of documentation is a powerful and valuable learning tool, for both the children and their teachers.

My Classroom Transformation

"It was really fascinating to watch them make documentation decisions!  They reflected about the experience, and tried their best to choose pieces of work that would tell their classmates and visitors what they did.  Talk about ownership!!"
 
Joanne Marie Babalis - My Classroom Transformation

Art is Education


Whether it is art respectfully displayed on the walls, photo albums in the book corner, a scrapbook of block creations in the block area, framed family photos on shelves, a basket of child-made books, tape recordings of children singing, playing, making music or telling stories the important thing is that we create a classroom that makes evident the lives of the children who spend their time there.




5 comments:

  1. I'm so honoured to be mentioned in this post and to be in the company of such wonderful educators. Thank you for providing a constant source of inspiration!

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  2. thank you for sharing these documentation ideas as a first year out teacher I find it really inspiring to see some high quality examples of documentation that us relevant to the children. There isn't that many examples of documentation out there on a daily basis so its nice to see this extensive little collection

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  3. thank you for sharing these documentation ideas as a first year out teacher I find it really inspiring to see some high quality examples of documentation that us relevant to the children. There isn't that many examples of documentation out there on a daily basis so its nice to see this extensive little collection

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  4. I really loved the quote that you opened up with: "Documentation can serve to illuminate the thinking, a change in thinking that occurred, what was learned or not learned, the evolution of the behaviour questioning, maturity, responses, and opinions." - Wurm, 2005 Might I ask where this came from? It really resonated with me!!

    Thank you for including my work alongside such inspirational educators! I am certain that I will refer to your Reggio series of posts frequently!

    Joanne
    www.myclassroomtransformation.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks for including our work as well. It is interesting to see so many various approaches to documentation!

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