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Learning made visible

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  • 1. Learning Made Visible Presented by Rhonda Jackson Kingdom Kids Day Care
  • 2. What do parents expect when they enter a classroom?• Clean and inviting environment• Displays of work and information• Neat shelves• Caring and knowledgeable faculty• Learning taking place
  • 3. Have parents ever asked these questions ?• What is this ?• What is the point of this project ?• What did my son/daughter learn from this ?
  • 4. Tools To Make Learning Visible• Digital Cameras• Computers• Resource Library• Children ( Most important tool)
  • 5. Make LEARNING Visible• Bulletin Boards• Journals• Documentation Panels• Classroom Displays• Portfolios• Classroom Homepage
  • 6. Make Learning Visible Bulletin Boards• Purpose : To display the work of the children .• Interactive – Mathematical Concepts : 100 days of school, patterns – Names : spell their names and recognition of classmates’ names
  • 7. Learning Made Visible Bulletin Boards (2)– Geography : chart vacations, learn states and continents, introduce landforms– Vocabulary builders : introduce new words and concepts
  • 8. Bulletin Boards• Bulletin Boards – Lesson, Lesson displays lesson plans – Job Description invites one to learn how their child thinks.
  • 9. Make Learning Visible Journals• Purpose : Communication tool between the parent, child and teacher.• Writing Tool – Encourages children to write and draw how they feel. – Teachers and parents can correspond about academic progress and behavior. – Improve handwriting, organize thoughts and introduces sentence structure.
  • 10. Make Learning Visible Documentation Panels• Purpose: Documentation panels allow parents and guests to see milestones of the class, not just individuals. – Documentation panels are usually created on a poster board or displayed on a door – Usually cover special events, projects or everyday activities
  • 11. Make Learning Visible Classroom Displays• Purpose : To introduce parents and guests to the children’s world. – Art and Special Projects : Always include an explanation of how the project is done and the learning benefits – Center Signs : Explain or give some of the benefits of each center – Job Boards, Choice Boards, Picture Schedule
  • 12. Learning Made Visible Classroom Displays– Parent Board : Lesson plans, menus, newsletter, parent information and teachers’ schedules should be posted– Circle Time Area: most learning takes place in this area
  • 13. Classroom Displays• Circle Time Area – Letter, Shape, Color, and Number of the week displayed – Calendar and Weather
  • 14. Make Learning Visible Portfolios• Purpose : To collect samples and photographs of a student’s progress when they enter until they are promoted to the next grade. – Portfolios should be divided into categories such as : Logic and Science, Assessment and Social Relations – Portfolios are not scrapbooks. The cute pages should be saved for documentation panels
  • 15. Learning Made Visible Classroom Homepage• Classroom homepages allow parents to learn what is happening via computer.• Teachers can build the homepage at www.scholastic.com.• Special links : Announcements, Book Lists and Homework.