"Are they going to a morning meeting? Or a night meeting? What kind of meeting?" - Henri, 3.2 years
We want to start by thanking everyone for a wonderful Fall Classroom Stories Night. It is fun, and important, to share the work of the children. We hope that you enjoyed the evening and gained some insight into our day, the relationships that the children are forming, and the exciting threads that are developing in our classroom (Toad and the Bell Tower).
"A movie about us?" - Eliza, 2.11 years
Viewing the presentation with the children gave all of us another chance to revisit the work together. As we mentioned on Thursday night: Throughout our day, we are constantly documenting - through photos, videos, audio recordings, hand written notes, etc. Documentation, in any form, is a tool for critical reflection and revisiting. It assists all of us (both children and teachers) as we push the work forward. It is used to make the depth of the children's learning and strategies visible to them, us, and all of you.
Documentation in the classroom
As you can see in the photos, and you saw in the videos last Thursday, the children are reading the documentation and referencing it as they work. It’s informing their choices and ideas.
As you’ve seen here in the blog and on the wall in our classroom, we have written projections - both monthly and weekly- that we use for planning purposes. This year, thanks to a wonderful conversation that the Tucker Room teachers had with Amelia Gambetti, an educator and our collaborator from Reggio Emilia, we have created a visual form of our projections. It offers transparency to the children, as they have a right to know the direction things are going and insight into our thinking. It contributes to the construction of their memories as we use it to reflect on the work we’ve done, talk about the actions of the present, and look to the future work. The children are using it regularly and excited to see the photographs and discuss the projection of the work.
“The walls of our preschools speak and document. The walls are used as spaces for temporary and permanent exhibits of what the children and adults make come to life.” - Loris Malaguzzi