ELKP - Pedagogical Documentation

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ELKP - Pedagogical Documentation

Hello. We are a team of eight kindergarten educators that have been on a four year learning journey in regards to FDK and implementing an inquiry and play based curriculum.
Through this project we are excited to continue this journey by researching pedagogical documentation and developing a common understanding.

Website: http://sacredheart.tncdsb.on.ca
Location: SHS
Members: 10
Latest Activity: Jun 14, 2016

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What app or program do you use for Documenting?

Started by Roberta Chabbert. Last reply by Emily de Jourdan Mar 19, 2016. 3 Replies

We are loving One Note!!!!! At the beginning of the project we brainstormed ways in which we could document our learning throughout the project. We decided to use the app One Note to help with this…Continue

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Comment by Roberta Chabbert on June 14, 2016 at 4:39pm
Today was a bittersweet day. It was our last time out together for the project. It has been an absolutely amazing experience. A year full of colloborating, learning and growth. I was very nervous when i left Toronto last May. Could we pull this off as a large team? Could we come together and build enough trust amongst ourselves to push each other to become more reflective teachers? Could we build a common understanding of Pedagogical Documentation? Could i pull this off as the lead? But once we returned from the summer we hit the ground running and all the doubts and nerves went away. I am beyond proud of the team. We have not only learned a ton in regards to how we are documenting but we have grown so much as individuals and as a group. We rethought our budget along the way and stretched our dollar the absolute furthest that we could. It was amzing to have Natural Curiosity come to us and to have Susan Stacey, the author of the book we were studying, agree to come and push our thinking further. The TLLP people were very supportive and the whole process has been awesome.

We spent the day reflecting on our learning, setting new goals for ourselves next year and celebrating the journey so far. We are excited to share our project at the Summit next year and hear about the other projects.
Comment by Teena Spooner on June 14, 2016 at 4:36pm
This project has been a huge learning experience. We have such a knowledgeable team of educators sharing their learning, building community and learning how to document. We have been fortunate to have author Susan Stacey come to our school as well as Natural Curiousity for a weekend to educate our school team (teachers, ECE's, EA's, principals, vice-principal and daycare staff). Through this project we have learned about our reflective practices, what pedagogical documentation is, built strength and trust in our team and school, and streamlined our documentation methods. One note has been an excellent documentation tool to track, organize and form quick documentation on. I feel we have gained excellent practice and knowledge to record, analyze and extend student thinking. I am excited to apply this knowledge on my learning journey. I hope to extend this learning and carry it further up the grades to my next teaching assignment. My goal is to work on analyzing student thinking and changing the face of documenting by staying true to Inquiry bases learning and reflecting on my documentation.
Comment by Elena Soulias on June 14, 2016 at 4:17pm
This year has been full of learning and collaborating with great staff members. We have come so far together and have grown so much. My understanding of Pedqgogical Documentation has changed drastically from the beginning of the year. Next year, I hope to continue to implement what I have learned in my every day practice. I hope to capture the "ordinary moments" and focus on the personal successes of my students. I am going to focus on documenting conversations and take time to discuss photos with individual students. This will help me understand their thinking and what they are trying to accomplish. I will not overthink the process of documentation and continue to ask myself, "what are the students learning?" Or "why is this stimulating or significant to them?" We will be apart of a new TLLP next year and will continue to share our learning from this year as well as share our new learning with other coworkers. Way to go, K-Team!
Comment by Sue Smetana on June 14, 2016 at 4:15pm
As I look back on this past year, I feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to learn & grow as an educator and an fdk team member. With the support of the team, I have taken a more in depth look at what the children are gaining from their experiences and have become more purposeful in my documentation. With the support of team lead, Roberta Chabbert, I am slowly becoming more confident with One Note and documenting in the moment. I look forward to the upcoming year, transferring new skills, fostering new relationships & continuing to grow both professionally
And personally on this journey.
Comment by Stephanie Laviolette on June 14, 2016 at 4:01pm
As this project wraps up i feel optimistic in regards to the progress we have made and what the next year will hold. I am excited to be able share our learning with another TLLP/team but will continue my own personal growth into the next year. I plan to remember to document more about ordinary moments and get more of children's views. I hope I can continue reading on my own to further my own Growth. I am so thankful for this learning journey and thé hard work We have all put in this year. We have accomplished and grown a lot as a team and as individuals.
Comment by Sue Smetana on April 14, 2016 at 4:48pm
We feel extremely fortunate as a team to have had the opportunity to explore pedagogical documentaion with author, Susan Stacey. On day one she visited our classrooms and on day two she shared her experience and expertise with out team.

We discussed the "missing middle" - the relection piece and allowing ourselves the time to respond. Another moment of growth was the discussion around the "big question" - and how we can dig deeper to explore the bigger learning that's going on.

It's always great to be afforded the time to share and reflect with your team, but we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have Susan here leading our discussions and taking us forward on the next steps of our journey.
Comment by Stephanie Laviolette on April 14, 2016 at 4:10pm
Meeting and working with Susan Stacey was eye opening in that we realized we have come a long way on our learning journey. I can say personally I understand now that not all documenting has to be a large panel and to remember ordinary moments. It really stood out to me that she said to dive deeper . Go beneath the surface. Figure out big question and listen to what children say.
Kenora was great to see Carol Ann Wien and Susan Callghan however it was more a reflection as to how far we have come in our learning journey together.
Comment by Teena Spooner on April 14, 2016 at 3:55pm
Thank you for coming to visit our classrooms, showing us how to dig deeper to formulate those "big questions", and increasing our knowledge of Pedagogical Documentation. Our day with you was invaluable and we feel very blessed!
Comment by Elena Soulias on April 14, 2016 at 12:35pm
After meeting with Susan Stacey and participating in the Reflecting and Relationships conference in Kenora we realized that as a team, we have come such a long way from the beginning of our journey. It was so inspiring to listen to such passionate people. As a team, the main ideas we took away were to document the Ordinary Moments that happen throughout our day. These moments do not have to be huge pivotal learning points or week long projects. Don't wait for "big" learning moments because you may be waiting for a long time. These moments could be as simple as a meaningful conversation at snack time between two students. It is special to a certain individuals growth as a person. Another thing we are still working on is developing the "Big Question" during inquiry projects. The bigger questions encompasses a broader learning occasion for students; a question that has various answers versus one with limited or predicted answers. This project has made us go outside of our comfort zones in order to further develop our skills to better support student learning.
Comment by Jennifer Gaudry on April 5, 2016 at 7:08pm

Our recent opportunity to work closely with Susan Stacey, was so enlightening. Susan is the Author of, 'Pedagogical Documentation', the book we have been reading as part of our TLLP project on Pedagogical Documentation. Susan's  visits to our classrooms, her insights and her knowledge, and her encouragement to push further in our thinking around pedagogical Documentation was so worthwhile. We were all so thankful for the chance to co-learn together on such a puzzling, yet rewarding, topic in the world of learning. Thank you, Susan, for encouraging us to really think deeply while reaching for those 'big questions', and at times going beyond our comfort zone!! 

 

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