The Making Learning Visible project was first developed collaboratively between researchers at Harvard University’s Project Zero and educators of Reggio Emilia. To come to a better understanding of learning, pedagogical documentation is created with the intent to invite children to reflect on their learning, as individuals and in groups, and to provide an avenue for teachers to come to a deeper understanding of teaching and learning.
During the two day workshop, participants will experience many opportunities to explore materials, utilizing an inquiry lens, with the intent to gather artifacts of individual and group learning, create pedagogical documentation and engage in reflective dialogue about the process of making learning visible.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
Develop a heightened, critical eye, crucial to the process of observation as it informs pedagogical documentation
Consider the potential of everyday objects for exploration and discovery
Reflect on the importance of experience first, references to the curriculum second
Select artifacts, images and insights for documentation
Evaluate the process of making learning visible in terms of parental involvement, community building, audience and assessment
Explore several formats of making learning visible, including learning stories, digital documentation and Zoom panels
Participants have the opportunity to examine more closely popular children’s books and small worlds with the intent to invite a heightened and critical eye, crucial to the process of observation
Participants will create their first small documentation piece (all documentation is done in learning groups)
The potential of everyday objects (loose parts) and experiences for exploration and discovery is explored with reference to Early Learning Curriculum Frameworks and the challenge to invite experience first and reference to a curriculum support second
Participants engage in a group learning opportunity (building and balance) while simultaneously documenting their experience
Participants consider learning stories and explore the ideas of learning in community and developing collective knowledge
The artistic eye, graphic design elements, the “hundred languages of children” and negotiated learning pedagogy is explored by participants through the use of art media
Louise J. is a professor in the Bachelor of Child development degree program at Seneca College. She has a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with a research focus on teacher reflection and educational technologies and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
Louise has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education for young children and was privileged to travel to Reggio Emilia on a study tour where this inspiration grew. In addition to her teaching, Louise has facilitated workshops and conferences with early childhood practitioners and elementary school teachers.
Most recently, she has focused on professional learning centred on pedagogical documentation, emergent curriculum, Forest Schools, professional learning through social media, making learning visible and Reggio inspired practice.
This workshop is composed of opportunities for experiential and collaborative hands-on learning opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to be fully engaged, interact, reflect on, and document their learning in an environment. This supports and meets an educator’s need to gain practical knowledge that can be applied to teaching practices.
Teachers, early childhood educators and administrators of children aged 2 to 8 years.
Early Bird: USD650.00/person if register by 1 Sep 20
Group of 5 or more: USD600.00/person
Duration: 2 days, 12 hours
Closing Date: 1 Oct 20