A new approach to contemporary documentation and learning What is learning? How do we look for, capture, reflect on, and share learning to foster meaningful and active engagement? A Guide to Documenting Learning helps educators answer these questions. Documenting learning is a process that makes thinking about learning processes visible, meaningful, shareable, and amplified. It facilitates student-driven learning, helping students reflect on and articulate their own learning processes. It also helps teachers reflect on their own learning and classroom practice. When teachers are co-creators with their students, both gain valuable insights that inform future learning and empower students as engaged learners. This unique how-to book • Explains the purposes and different types of documentation • Teaches different “LearningFlow” systems to help educators integrate documentation throughout the curriculum • Provides authentic examples of documentation in real classrooms • Is accompanied by a robust companion website where readers can find even more documentation examples and video tutorials Written for educators of any grade level, this book provides insights into contemporary learning and professional learning environments, and emphasizes the power of technology to amplify teaching and learning beyond school walls. “This book touches upon information that would be useful to any school system because it scaffolds ways that educators can help students make their thinking known, which will only improve their future reasoning skills.” LaQuita Outlaw, Principal Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY “This book will become an important guide for schools and educators to have on their shelves. The content is original, highly organized and presents many new ideas on documenting learning. It takes what is happening in the world of teaching right now and elevates it to a coherent pedagogical process. The graphics are a fantastic resource.” Andrea Hernandez, Educational Consultant amplifiEDucation and edtechworkshop.blogspot.com, Jacksonville, FL

Documenting Challenge 21st Century Skills and the Now Literacies

Documenting Challenge: 21st Century Skills and the Now Literacies

I’m never sure what’s coming next, but I’m an open-minded person and I welcome any challenge.

—Sarah Polley

Focusing the Challenge

This chapter has a twofold purpose: (1) to provide a detailed vignette that conveys the documentation phases and learningflow routine steps; (2) to challenge you to take your own learning, or your students’ learning, and create a documenting opportunity.

Businesses are making it clear that employees, now more than ever, must display 21st century skills, known as soft skills, that aid in successful productivity. Buhl (2017) states that six essential soft skills needed are, “communication; teamwork and collaboration; problem solving; critical observations; and conflict resolution.”

It is imperative that ...

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