After my blog post about Kindergarten Planning Time, Tracy has shared with me that many educators have asked about the role of assessment on the part of the Planning Time teacher. I briefly touched on documentation in my first blog and purposefully didn’t get into too much detail about assessment. I did this for a few reasons, the main one being that I believe that if the PT teacher is actively involved with the team that the role of assessment will be communicated with the team.
In The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching, Deb Curtis and Margie Carter state that:
My favourite ways to document are through the use of Notability and PicCollage (which are excellent apps available for download on an iPad).
There are so many ways to document student learning and once you and your team are comfortable with it you’ll see what a magical tool this can be for assessment. In my PT role this year I provided documentation for the teams on an irregular basis. Other teams may find it more beneficial to request one piece of documentation per week or choose a group of students you are hoping to receive documentation on each month. The journey of mastering the art of documentation is a magical one and I encourage all educators to conduct your own research on this magical tool.
Thank you Jenny for your insight and honesty. It was a challenging year and I strongly feel that you have defined the planning role so well as a strong educator who flows in and out of rooms with confidence and ease. Your passion for learning and ability to self reflect will make you such an incredible support for all of the educators in our board next year that are lucky enough to have you learning alongside them!