What does a teacher do with a four day weekend? Blog...and read the many profoundly inspiring early childhood blogs out there. In my reading, I was keeping an eye open for authentic assessment discussion/reflections/ideas. I came across the idea of learning stories, this Site of examples comes from Tom Drummond. At first the idea seemed a bit overwhelming, so much writing for one small moment! But then I browsed through my own images and came across a two-day block building scenario, involving three children in my class. Without yet consulting the Common Core Standards I know that this experience addresses several domains. I don't want to begin something as serious as this without researching it more but it seems a wonderful was to ensure assessment is meaningful and strength based. I will be buying Margaret Carr's book today to learn more about learning stories as an assessment tool. I'm curious to hear about other educator's assessment practices, does anyone have experience with using learning stories?
Below are photos of the building process; from using literature to inspire ideas, drawing to plan, building collaboratively, and then giving in to the desire to destroy and swim in a sea of blocks. My hunch is that this addresses every domain. What do you think?