Kindiedays Themes-based lesson plans include pedagogical learning objectives. But it is not enough to just have pedagogical lesson plans, you also need to observe, document, and assess the learning to guarantee the best possible learning path for all children. The whole learning process must be tightly aligned with your curriculum.
Portfolio Learning, Pedagogical Documentation, and Formative Assessment are essential working methods in early childhood education. Simply, Pedagogical Documentation is observing for example children’s play, projects, discussions, ideas, and inventions via taking photos, making notes, writing down explanations as well as tricky questions, saving artwork, videoing action, recording voice...and using all the documents purposefully as part of the formative assessment of children's learning. What makes documentation Pedagogical Documentation is the idea that educators use the documents wisely - reflect on them and modify their planning and teaching accordingly (Katz & Chard 1996.)
What makes documentation Pedagogical Documentation is the idea that educators use the documents wisely - reflect on them and modify their planning and teaching accordingly (Katz & Chard 1996.)
Pedagogical documentation gives educators new and authentic views of children’s behavior, thoughts, ideas, challenges, and creative processes. Each lovely, unique child deserves to be known and understood as an individual (Katz & Chard, 1996).
The process of pedagogical documentation is meaningful only if you take advantage of the possibilities and challenges it offers. It is important to think about how you can develop the activities. What learning goals, themes, and should you choose next? What is your next step toward better early childhood education? (Tarkka 2018.)
Before observation and documentation
- First of all, always have materials and tools ready for documenting! A camera, mobile phone, tablet, pen&paper...
- Think of what are meaningful and current questions, issues, or topics in the group. It is impossible to document everything so narrow it down.
- Kindiedays Themes-based lesson plans already define the learning areas and learning areas to focus on when you run the activities.
- Once you have chosen your focus, start observing and documenting!
- Sit down and discuss with each child eg. once a week/month all the things you have done that month.
- Show all artworks, photos, videos, recordings, and other documents from that time concerning that child and let the child tell his/her views and write the child’s words down.
- Ask the child questions like What was fun? What was difficult? What made you happy/unhappy? What were you thinking at this moment? What would you like to learn or do in kindergarten/preschool?
- Plan with your colleagues the next themes and projects according to the discussions with the children and families, observations, and documentation.
- Compare the observations and notes to the kindergarten’s and child’s individual curriculum and include the learning areas that have been left out in future planning.
Documenting early education is very important, but it can also be time-consuming. Therefore, digital solutions save your time and make the whole process a lot more "user-friendly".
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Katz L. G. & Chard S. C. 1996. The Contribution of Documentation to the Quality of Early Childhood Education. https://www.tru.ca/arts/literacies/reggio/reggioarticle1.htm.
Karvonen, P. 2020. What on Earth is Pedagogical Documentation?
Tarkka, K. 2018. Finnish National Agency for Education. https://www.oph.fi/fi/koulutus-ja-tutkinnot/pedagoginen-dokumentointi