[R-0192] S5. Assessment

Citation: Seitz, H. (March, 2008). The Power of Documentation in the Early Childhood Classroom. Young Children, NAEYC. Article. Retrieved from [site] or by entering “The Power of Documentation in the Early Childhood Classroom” in your search window].

Abstract: The author of this article states that documentation provides a way for teachers to communicate to others the purpose of a student activity and an explanation of its process. She then explains that there are many ways to document but effective documentation formats reflect intended audiences and purposes. Examples of documentation formats are provided in photographs and tables as well as possible topics to document and a chart indicating the teacher skills required during each stage of the documentation process.

Integration: The information presented in this article fits well with content related to formative assessment. This topic may be presented in early childhood courses Child Development; Child, Family and Community; Curriculum Planning; Educational Technology; Exploration Activities; and Language and Literacy Experiences.

Content Focus: Child Development; Child, Family and Community; Curriculum Planning; Developmental Progress; Documentation; Educational Technology; Exploration Activities; Language and Literacy Experiences; Portfolios

Notes: After they have read this article, have students self-assess their skills related to each stage of the documentation process found on page 92. Have students view the 4:52 minute video Aurelius Reading at Naptime for an example of the power of documentation and discuss the supports they would need to videotape students making progress in early childhood settings.