Documentation as a Form of Assessment

 

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Story dictation serves as the “conduit through which the uniqueness of each child’s contribution can be recognized and valued.” ~Vivian Paley                                                   
Documentation demonstrates the relationship between a child’s thoughts, ideas, and feelings and the environment in which they are engaging.
It serves as the creative template for teacher planning so that the learning environment is an authentic reflection of the child’s interests and ideas.
Documentation also becomes the narrative for a child’s own unique developmental journey.
Parents of children who are enrolled at ALPoE will receive an invitation to join StoryPark, a private, online documentation service which allows ALPoE to digitally post and share photos, videos and written observations to a parent’s private email when a story involves your child. 
These reflections are the window to the many ways your children are constructing knowledge. Its intention is to place the onus on the teacher and not the child to share WHAT the child knows, but more importantly, to document HOW the child came to know something.  This reveals so much about the way your child is using time, space, materials and how they commune with others, so that you may continue to support and advocate for your child during and beyond the preschool years.                                                                                                                                     
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