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A Guide to Documenting Learning
Making Thinking Visible, Meaningful, Shareable, and Amplified

Foreword by Alan November



January 2018 | 288 pages | Corwin

A new approach to contemporary documentation and learning

What is learning? How do we look for, capture, reflect on, and share learning to foster meaningful and active engagement? A Guide to Documenting Learning helps educators answer these questions. 

Documenting learning is a process that makes thinking about learning processes visible, meaningful, shareable, and amplified. It facilitates student-driven learning, helping students reflect on and articulate their own learning processes. It also helps teachers reflect on their own learning and classroom practice. When teachers are co-creators with their students, both gain valuable insights that inform future learning and empower students as engaged learners. This unique how-to book

  • Explains the purposes and different types of documentation
  • Teaches different “LearningFlow” systems to help educators integrate documentation throughout the curriculum
  • Provides authentic examples of documentation in real classrooms
  • Is accompanied by a robust companion website where readers can find even more documentation examples and video tutorials

Written for educators of any grade level, this book provides insights into contemporary learning and professional learning environments, and emphasizes the power of technology to amplify teaching and learning beyond school walls. 

"This book touches upon information that would be useful to any school system because it scaffolds ways that educators can help students make their thinking known, which will only improve their future reasoning skills."
LaQuita Outlaw, Principal
Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY

"This book will become an important guide for schools and educators to have on their shelves. The content is original, highly organized and presents many new ideas on documenting learning. It takes what is happening in the world of teaching right now and elevates it to a coherent pedagogical process. The graphics are a fantastic resource."
Andrea Hernandez, Educational Consultant
amplifiEDucation and edtechworkshop.blogspot.com, Jacksonville, FL

Documenting Learning, Chapter 1 Intro

 

 

 

 
 
Foreword
 
Preface
A Collaboration Invitation  
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
Chapter Descriptions  
 
1. Documenting Learning Types and Purposes
Documenting Learning Types  
Documenting Learning Purposes  
 
2. Documenting Learning and the Now Literacies
Relationship Between Documenting Learning and Now Literacies  
 
3. Documenting Pedagogy and Heutagogy
Defining the Difference Between Pedagogical Documentation and Heutagogical Documentation  
Defining the Difference Between Displaying and Documenting  
 
4. Documenting Engagement and Learning Layers
Defining Learner Engagement  
Documenting Learning Layers  
 
5. Documenting With Sharing and Amplifying in Mind
Sharing and Amplifying When Documenting Learning  
 
6. Documenting Phases
Documentation Phases  
 
7. Documenting Learningflow Routine
Learningflow Routine Steps  
 
8. Documenting With Text and Visual Platforms and Tools in Mind
Text and Visual Platforms and Tools  
 
9. Documenting With Audio, Video, and Blogging Platforms and Tools in Mind
Audio and Video Platforms and Tools  
Blogging Platforms and Tools  
 
10. Documenting With Unpacking in Mind
Unpacking Documentation Artifacts  
 
11. Documenting Challenge: 21st Century Skills and the Now Literacies
Focusing the Challenge  
Framing the Challenge  
Applying the Challenge  
 
12. Documenting Learning and Branding: Administrative Actions
School and District Brand Identity  
 
13. Documenting Learning: Moving Forward
What to Cut? What to Keep? What to Upgrade?  
 
Appendix
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

"In Documenting Learning, the authors seek to qualify, rather than quantify, what contemporary learning is all about: looking for, capturing, reflecting, sharing, and amplifying the learning that is taking place. In this text, they break down these actions and how they apply to before, during, and after learning moments and describe a new way to approach contemporary work and self-determined learning."

Michael Fisher, Author and Consultant
The Digigogy Collaborative, Amherst, NY

"I love the idea that students can be aware of their learning. It can be documented, reflected on, curated, and shared in order to garner feedback and that the student owns the learning every step of the way."

Kathleen Rodda, Literacy Coach Affiliation
Eucalyptus Elementary, Hawthorne, CA

"This book touches upon information that would be useful to any school system because it scaffolds ways that educators can help students make their thinking known, which will only improve their future reasoning skills."

LaQuita Outlaw, Principal
Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY

"Educators trying to create compelling learning experiences confront the daunting challenge of content coverage requirements and expectations of teaching to the test. Students and their thinking are often invisible as the only representations of learning made public are marks and rankings. Silvia and Janet take the inspirational Reggio Emilia approach and scale it into new contexts to create deep learning experiences for today’s learners, with an eye on the future of learning as well."

Cameron Paterson, Head of Learning and Teaching
Shore School, North Sydney, Australia

"This book will become an important guide for schools and educators to have on their shelves. The content is original, highly organized and presents many new ideas on documenting learning. It takes what is happening in the world of teaching right now and elevates it to a coherent pedagogical process. The graphics are a fantastic resource."

Andrea Hernandez, Educational Consultant
amplifiEDucation and edtechworkshop.blogspot.com, Jacksnonville, FL

A Guide To Documenting Learning is a practical book for educators that asks the questions, "What is learning? How do we look for, capture, reflect on, and share learning to foster meaningful and active engagement?"

There are lots of useful teachings, resources, and scenarios no matter what age group you work with or what educational setting you’re in. The book could truly apply to kindergarten teachers, right up to adult learners. The concepts covered would be priceless for administrators who are looking for ways to improve their school as a whole. This book should also be required reading for all pre-service teachers. 

The whole concept of what it means to be literate has changed since most of us were at school ourselves. Students (and adults!) now need to do a lot more than read and write in order to be truly literate. This includes being able to communicate and express ideas in a variety of ways -- using all sorts of digital tools, video, audio, hyperlinked writing, social media etc. This book breaks down exactly how to do that to ensure our students can thrive in a global community.

What I loved about this book is there are lots of ideas for tools mentioned, however, it is more about the processes than specific tools. The learning comes first. The QR codes and companion website bring the book alive—there is extra information and a challenge etc. on http://www.documenting4learning.com. This could be ideal if a group of teachers wanted to study the book together.

A Guide To Documenting Learning is not the type of book you read once and put away. You could definitely dip back into it regularly throughout the school year for new ideas and inspiration.

Kathleen Morris
EduBlogs
Key features
Documenting Learning is a process that facilitates student-driven learning, helping students reflect on and articulate their own learning processes. It also helps teachers reflect on their own personal professional learning and their practice in the classroom.

 

  • The purposes and different types of Documentation are explained
  • Teachers will learn different "LearningFlows" (similar to work flows) to help them integrate Documentation throughout the curriculum
  • Extended, authentic examples of Documentation in real classrooms
  • Accompanied by a robust companion website where readers can connect and engage with a global documenting learning community!

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1


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