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 April 5, 2016 at 3:15pm
We are very excited to have our tllp work and learning featured on Susan Stacey's website. Check it out. http://suestacey.ca/blog/journey-pedagogical-documentation
Comment by Roberta Chabbert on April 3, 2016 at 12:00pm
Connecting and Learning with the author Susan Stacey!

We were incredibly honoured to have the author of the book that we been studying during our tllp project to travel all the way up to our little community This past week to take part and contribute to our learning journey.

We have felt blessed all year to be involved in the tllp process. Just the fact that it has provided the opportunity for us to be out together as a team to study, collaborate and grow together has been invaluable.

We started with a couple of goals in mind but what we have been able to accomplish through the project has been incredible. One being connecting with the author Susan Stacey and having her join us. She visited our classrooms Thursday afternoon and viewed the work that we had done thus far. The next day she supported us in our progression of pedagogical documentation and answered our many questions. The most valuable part was viewing pictures and videos together and practicing forming big questions. The formation of a big question allows educators to slow down And study the significance in how the students are learning and developing. It didnt come easy at first. We tended to gravitate towards smaller more focused questions. Often curriculum specific. But with Susan's and each others support we felt more comfortable with the process and look forward to further developing this skill for the remaining part of our project.
Comment by Roberta Chabbert on March 1, 2016 at 7:30am
Two of my favourite quotes from the article, Making Learning Visible Through Pedagogical Documentation by Dr. Carol Anne Wien, were:

1. Pedagogical documentation goes beyond the foundation of a developmental continuum or curriculum to allow us to study their views and include their perspectives.

2. When we lift moments out of the flow of time, we can hold them still, study them, and consider a thoughtful, caring response. We discover what we did not yet know how to see.

One of the things that stood out to me on the second page of the article in the section, How pedagogical documentation supports early childhood settings, is the repetition of the words and idea of "wondering together" and "wondering with others". We will continue to need to examine how to make this work as a team, school and board. It is a very important piece in pedagogical documentation and studying the work of the students. Most of the time you are doing this reflecting in isolation as it is even difficult to find time to reflect with your co-educator. We are lucky to have the project to allow us time to meet together this year. We will continue to brainstorm ideas and try new ways to be able to accomplish this important piece once the project is done.

We also noticed how deeply connected the article was to the book that we have been studying by Susan Stacey and a excellent recap of the first three steps in the progression of learning to document. Upon further investigation we realize that stacey actually quotes her good friend and mentor wien in Chapter one.

We are finding that we need more information on the last two points of progression to continue on our learning journey. Sue researched wien and found a great article that goes into greater depth on each point, Learning to Document in Reggio-inspired Education.

A great point this article makes is that it is very important to go through the first three steps. That beginners need to build one layer at a time. To take time to study and practice each layer so that a could foundation is built before jumping into steps four and five. I am glad that we took the first half of the project to do this. Susan staceys book was an excellent guide through these first steps and kept us focused on the process.

For the remaining part of the project we will study and practice these last two points of progression. We will also use these five typical aspects of the progression toward sophisticated pedagogical documentation to guide our final report and presentation for this project.
Comment by Brennan Barkauskas on February 29, 2016 at 3:42pm
The team read two articles about documentation.One of the articles that helped me figure what level I'm at was The Learning to Document in Reggio-inspired Education by Carol Anne Wien. The one section called A Prgression in Teacher Understanding of Pedagogical Documentation.Their are 5 levels of teachers progression toward documentation.I am focusing on the first three levels because you need to have the first three levels of pedagogical documentations down pat before you can make any head way on levels four and five
Comment by Teena Spooner on February 29, 2016 at 3:26pm
We read the article "Making Learning Visible Through Pedagogical Documentation" by; Dr. Carol Anne Wein. This article reminded me to go back to observing, documenting,reflecting and responding. By going beyond the focus of curriculum to encompass broader topics, views and perspectives we honour and include the thinking of the students. This method creates many questions and reminded me to the many perspectives that come in to play when questioning children about their thinking. "What is their world like (social and emotional), their previous experiences, background, thoughts, feelings, ideas, ect. When we focus on listening to children, studying their views, questioning and responding, and collaborating we deepen our understanding. "Documentation is not about finding answers, but generating questions". I find this quote to be; profound and scary, yet challenging, exciting and curious approach to how we look at documenting! I think I am still discovering things that I did not yet know how to see :)
Comment by Stephanie Laviolette on February 25, 2016 at 4:02pm
We reviewed 2 articles on documenting by Carol Wien and there is reference to the 5 steps of pedagogical documenting. I feel we have gotten through the first 3 stages fairly easily but are working through the last two -stages of purpose of documenting and visible theories for interpretation. I really like that after the 3rd step there is a pivotal point for educators prior to getting the 4th step. We all can identify when our documentation has too much going on and is unfocused. "making doing visible" is something I will keep in the back of my mind when examining and reflecting on the process of documentation.
Comment by Jennifer Gaudry on January 18, 2016 at 8:11pm
What a wonderful experience it has been thus far, to be a part of the TLLP project on Pedagogical Documentation with such an amazing team of educators. We have been part of a journey that has allowed us to study Pedagogical Documentation more closely on an individual level, and as well, as a team. Not only have we been focusing on documenting the learning that is taking place in our own classrooms, but also being very open (and vulnerable) to each other's perspectives. Engaging in reflective practice and collaborative practice (outside perspectives) has proven to be very powerful and has pushed us further in our learning journey. "Pedagogical Documentation" has been a valuable resource as we look at various forms of documentation and the design and presentation of the documentation we are displaying.
Comment by Kim Savoie on January 14, 2016 at 9:15am

Wow, I am very exciting to join this group. The learning that is taking place is amazing. Through research, the group is gaining a better understanding of the role pedagogical documentation plays in the early childhood classroom. What I love the best is the passion and courage of the group to jump right in and try new things out. A safe learning environment has been developed and all participants are comfortable sharing the success and bumps along this learning journey. Awesome!

Comment by Brennan Barkauskas on January 13, 2016 at 3:19pm
This project is a great learning experience. As a new addition to the team learning how pedagogical documentation works is very in lightning.observing, documenting,and probing what the children are trying to learn. I use One Note to to get all my documentation down it's a awesome for me to organize my documentation.
Comment by Elena Soulias on January 13, 2016 at 3:13pm
I have learnt so much this year through this TLLP. Some of the most important points that have resonated with me are posting meaningful documentation that explains the learning happening. Now I try to include a clear title, specific photos, and descriptors that explain the learning. How did the inquiry start? Where did it lead us from there... Do the children see themselves reflected in the documentation? Our documentation should tell a clear story and we should display the important parts of our learning journey.

Another important point to think about is deciphering what the students are interested in and what they are engaged in. In a play based inquiry setting I find the students are interested in many different topics. Our job as educators is to identify what the students are truly engaged in and provoke the learning from there.
 

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