How does an educator move an idea to a project? How can documenting learner’s ideas extend to a long-term exploration? We will share documentation examples and encourage discussion how we might listen, observe, provoke, and inspire learners to extend their thinking. We will also consider the elements of design and display of interactive documentation to engage our audience and encourage their participation in the learning.
Stephanie Cox Suarez is an associate professor at Wheelock College in the elementary and special education department. She is the founding director of the Documentation Studio and provides professional development to pre-service and in-service teachers. She has been the co-editor of journal issues on documentation, in Theory to Practice and The New Educator. Stephanie has been a special educator for almost 40 years and finds documentation to be particularly helpful for children with special rights.
Karen First is the Director of Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Nature Preschool in Wenham, MA. Prior to moving to the North Shore she taught for seven years in the Early Childhood Center at The Advent School, a Reggio Emilia inspired elementary school in Boston, MA.