Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Documenting for Learning

Please read this blog post on the importance of documenting for learning. The blogger says that "documenting serves a larger… big picture purpose in education." Documenting is viewed as :
·         - a process of intentional documenting serves a metacognitive purpose
·        -  a creative multimedia expression (oral, visual, textual)
·         - a component of reflective practice taking ownership of one’s learning
·        -  a memory aid
·        -  curation
·         - professional development
·         - being open for feedback
Furthermore, documenting for learning is broken down into how it can better serve teachers, students and school boards. I want to highlight the ways in which it can serve teachers and students, in particular:
·         - to share best practices with colleagues
·        -  to make teaching available for students outside of classroom hours
·        -  to inform further instructions
·        -  to reflect on their own lesson plans, delivery and teaching pedagogy
·         - to gather and showcase their teaching portfolio over time
·         - to evaluate student progress, growth and for assessment
·         - to articulate (via different forms of media) and showcase their learning
·       -   to become aware of their own learning growth
·         - to gather and archive their digital work via E- portfolios
·        -  to build their footprint in a digital world
As a teacher, it's important to think of any new strategy or idea in two ways: how it will impact me, and more importantly, how it will impact my students. In so many ways, being a teacher means being a life-long student. In fact, the two roles can be considered very similar. So what caught my eye the most about this blog post was that most -- if not all -- of what is listed under the student section could be applied to teachers. For certain, conscientious teachers will showcase their learning, be aware of their growth, create portfolios, and utilize digital media in their teachings. Moreover, many of the points listed under the teacher section could be considered important skills for students: the importance of sharing work, self-evaluation, gathering information, and reflecting.
All of this is to say that I appreciate the message of the blog post: documenting for learning can be beneficial to many people in education field. But what struck me the most was perhaps an unintended message: the best teachers are students themselves.
Don't lose sight of the student perspective.

1 comment:

  1. 100% agree Andrew. My experience has taught me that when I remember that I am a a student of the complexity of learning, I stay close to the perspectives of those whose learning I have the honour and privilege of leading.