documentation, digital documentation, programming, portfolios, early childhood education

What is an observation? What should we document?

Observing or collecting information is the first step of the planning cycle. What we choose to document here must be able to provide the answers to the next steps (questioning/analysing). If we do not have valuable observations that tell the reader who, what, where, why and when then how is it possible to analyse anything?

If we have an observation that is meaningful, we are then able to question/analyse which will then allow us to have the information we need to PLAN appropriately (the next step in the planning cycle). Consider the reader when recording observations – they did not see what occurred at the time of the observation and don’t understand the valuable learning that was occurring. It is our role as the writer of the observation to “make learning visible”.