Documentation Studio: Resources
Resources from DIG
Educators from the Democracy Inquiry Group (DIG) recently published a special issue in the journal "The New Educator" (January-March 2014) with a focus on explaining the value of documentation for stake holders (i.e., families, administrators, mayors). The New Educator serves as a forum on issues that teacher education programs and school systems encounter in the preparation, recruitment, induction, support, and retention of educators new to the field.
Download articles from the DIG Special Issue (available free to the first 50 people)
Resources from Project Zero
Visible Learners: Based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, the book Visible Learners highlights learning through interpreting objects and artifacts, group learning, and documentation to make students' learning evident to teachers. Visible classrooms are committed to five key principles: that learning is purposeful, social, emotional, empowering, and representational. The book includes visual essays, key practices, classroom and examples.
Making Learning Visible: Making Learning Visible draws attention to the power of the group as a learning environment and documentation as a way to see and shape how and what children are learning. MLV is based on collaborative research conducted by Project Zero researchers with teachers from the Municipal Preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and preschool through high school teachers and teacher educators in Massachusetts.
Making Learning Visible Weebly site: This site, developed by Making Learning Visible researchers and collaborating teachers, provides resources and tools (documentation being key among them) to support learning in groups in the classroom and the staff room. Most of the tools you will find here are intended for teachers, professional development designers and coaches, and administrators, though some are also designed to help families support student learning. Many also include ways to involve students more directly in teaching and learning decisions. Almost all of the tools emphasize approaching teaching with greater intentionality combined with careful looking and listening.
Resources for Designing Learning Exhibits
The Documentation Studio at Wheelock College hosted exhibit designer Will Twombly at its December 4, 2012 Open Studio. In this 24-minute video, Will leads a group of educators through the process of designing learning exhibitions.
Will Twombly shared a chapter called "Write and Design with the Family in Mind" from the book Connecting kids to History with Museum Exhibitions. This chapter, written by Judy Rand, is a great resource for educators because it offers design features that can be used when creating an exhibit that includes significant text and content.
Download the book chapter (pdf).