Not Pretty

In education on July 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Documentation is not pretty pictures of engaged children.

Rather, it captures the thinking process:

What motivated [students] to begin, continue, change direction?

What were the breakthroughs, the pivotal remarks or actions?

How did they solve the problem?

The goal is to enable whoever reads a panel to understand what the child attempted and how they went about it, to see stimulus, process, and outcome. ”

A. Lewin-Benham


  1. […] have never been pro-“cute” classrooms (see an Angela Watson’s article – The Culture of Cute in the Classroom) so what I had displayed […]

  2. Thinking of this in the context of your Twitter question:

    I think that Twitter can capture the “pretty pictures,” but it can also capture the messy thinking. With it, we can also share video & audio recordings of right answers, wrong answers, & aha moments. It can capture students with good word choice & those that need to reconsider their word choice. It can capture what happens when these changes take place. And it can capture the questions we ask to lead to these changes. It can capture descriptive feedback. To me, using Twitter in the classroom allows for all of this … as well as that window into the classroom.

    Thank you for getting me thinking!

  3. […] I do not encourage “hands-on” activities at the expense of intellectual efforts, and that is visible even in the very physical space of my classroom – you will not see “cute” posters, colorful […]

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