This workshop explores the variety of ways early childhood educators document young children’s learning. A growing body of research points at the importance of documenting, monitoring and interpreting learning to plan in response to children evolving understanding and questions. Examples of documentation will be shared and analyzed to build understanding of the’ what, why and how’ of documentation in the early years. The perspective of documentation in Reggio Emilia will be explored. In addition, there will be time to consider some ethical questions surrounding pedagogical documentation.
Anne van Dam
Early childhood education has been my passion for more than 20 years. I have worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and Switzerland. Since 2000, I have taken on various positions in schools, combining teaching with leadership responsibilities. I have been an IB trainer since 2005, sharing my passion for young children with educators in IB schools in South East Asia. I joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children’s competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At EtonHouse, I combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, I became the Director of this school. In August 2011, I moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern. At ISZL, I have developed, in partnership with teachers and other school leaders, a vision for the early years programme at the school. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning environments (both inside and outside) and on making teaching and learning visible to others. A recent move back to the Netherlands has given me the opportunity to work with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. I still work for the IB as a workshop leader and workshop developer and also visit schools as an independent educational consultant.
This workshop will be suitable for teachers and leaders working in early years education.
Practical guidance for observation, documentation and interpretation of young children’s learning.
Please note although content for sessions are indicated, this may be adjusted in terms of timing and participant needs as the workshop progresses.
Building from the known / Creating a community of learners
- Ice Breaker
- Prior knowledge and questions
- Importance of documentation
Exploring multiple ways to document children’s
- Different tools to document children’s learning
- Use of technology in documenting learning
Documentation as research
- Documentation as ‘visible listening’
- Documentation as teacher inquiry
Documentation as planning
- The cycle of observation, documentation, interpretation and planning
- Planning for proposals and play spaces that extend or challenge children’s theories
Ethics and documentation
- Questions and ethics surrounding pedagogical documentation
Reflection and next steps
- Ways to incorporate new learning
Certificates of Attendance will be issued to participants who have taken part in all sessions. Please make sure your personal information is correct in the registration form.