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A Guide to Documenting Learning

Making Thinking Visible, Meaningful, Shareable, and Amplified
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By: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, Janet A. Hale

Foreword by Alan November

What is learning? How do we capture, reflect on, and share learning to foster meaningful, active engagement? A Guide to Documenting Learning answers these questions.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506385570
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 288
  • Publication date: January 25, 2018

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A new approach to contemporary documentation and learning

What is learning? How do we look for, capture, reflect on, and share learning to foster meaningful and active engagement? A Guide to Documenting Learning helps educators answer these questions.

Documenting learning is a process that makes thinking about learning processes visible, meaningful, shareable, and amplified. It facilitates student-driven learning, helping students reflect on and articulate their own learning processes. It also helps teachers reflect on their own learning and classroom practice. When teachers are co-creators with their students, both gain valuable insights that inform future learning and empower students as engaged learners. This unique how-to book

  • Explains the purposes and different types of documentation
  • Teaches different “LearningFlow” systems to help educators integrate documentation throughout the curriculum
  • Provides authentic examples of documentation in real classrooms
  • Is accompanied by a robust companion website where readers can find even more documentation examples and video tutorials

Written for educators of any grade level, this book provides insights into contemporary learning and professional learning environments, and emphasizes the power of technology to amplify teaching and learning beyond school walls.

"This book touches upon information that would be useful to any school system because it scaffolds ways that educators can help students make their thinking known, which will only improve their future reasoning skills."
LaQuita Outlaw, Principal
Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY

"This book will become an important guide for schools and educators to have on their shelves. The content is original, highly organized and presents many new ideas on documenting learning. It takes what is happening in the world of teaching right now and elevates it to a coherent pedagogical process. The graphics are a fantastic resource."
Andrea Hernandez, Educational Consultant
amplifiEDucation and edtechworkshop.blogspot.com, Jacksonville, FL

Documenting Learning, Chapter 1 Intro

Key features

Documenting Learning is a process that facilitates student-driven learning, helping students reflect on and articulate their own learning processes. It also helps teachers reflect on their own personal professional learning and their practice in the classroom.

  • The purposes and different types of Documentation are explained
  • Teachers will learn different "LearningFlows" (similar to work flows) to help them integrate Documentation throughout the curriculum
  • Extended, authentic examples of Documentation in real classrooms
  • Accompanied by a robust companion website where readers can connect and engage with a global documenting learning community!


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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). She was born in Germany, raised in Argentina, lived shortly in Brazil, and is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness, and global competencies.

Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a minor in International Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a world language teacher, technology integration facilitator, 21st century learning specialist, social media coordinator, and professional development and educational consultant.

She is a Curriculum21 faculty member, co-founder of edJEWcon, author of Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators (Lulu, 2010), and co-author of Mastering Digital Literacy and Mastering Global Literacy (Solution Tree, 2013).

Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, contemporary upgrades, amplification of curriculum and instruction, blogging as a pedagogy, developing and maintaining a personal learning network, and documenting learning.

Visit Silvia’s consulting website: globallyconnectedlearning.com; amplifiEDUcation website: amplifieducation.com; documenting learning website: documenting4learning.com; and blog:
Langwitches.org/blog; and follow her on Twitter @langwitches.

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Janet A. Hale

Janet Hale is an educational consultant and trainer who is passionate about supporting educators in making curriculum decisions that ensure, enhance, and enrich learning and teaching experiences. She works with schools, districts, and higher-ed programs in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She specializes in curriculum mapping; standards literacy and alignment; and documenting learning.

Her Masters in educational leadership and curriculum development; elementary, secondary, and special education classroom experiences; and working alongside teachers and administrators for over 20 years enable Janet to provide unique insights that aid the learning organizations she has the pleasure of assisting.

She has written an assortment of educational resources, including three titles for Corwin, and enjoys presenting at national and international conferences.

Janet resides in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Johnny, and their four-legged Schnauzer children. Visit Janet’s consulting website: CurriculumDecisions.com and documenting learning website: documenting4learning.com. You can follow her on Twitter @janet_hale, as well as @doc4learning. She can be contacted via e-mail at teachtucson@aol.com or by phone at 520.241.8797.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents



A Collaboration Invitation


About the Authors


Chapter Descriptions

1. Documenting Learning Types and Purposes

Documenting Learning Types

Documenting Learning Purposes

2. Documenting Learning and the Now Literacies

Relationship Between Documenting Learning and Now Literacies

3. Documenting Pedagogy and Heutagogy

Defining the Difference Between Pedagogical Documentation and Heutagogical Documentation

Defining the Difference Between Displaying and Documenting

4. Documenting Engagement and Learning Layers

Defining Learner Engagement

Documenting Learning Layers

5. Documenting With Sharing and Amplifying in Mind

Sharing and Amplifying When Documenting Learning

6. Documenting Phases

Documentation Phases

7. Documenting Learningflow Routine

Learningflow Routine Steps

8. Documenting With Text and Visual Platforms and Tools in Mind

Text and Visual Platforms and Tools

9. Documenting With Audio, Video, and Blogging Platforms and Tools in Mind

Audio and Video Platforms and Tools

Blogging Platforms and Tools

10. Documenting With Unpacking in Mind

Unpacking Documentation Artifacts

11. Documenting Challenge: 21st Century Skills and the Now Literacies

Focusing the Challenge

Framing the Challenge

Applying the Challenge

12. Documenting Learning and Branding: Administrative Actions

School and District Brand Identity

13. Documenting Learning: Moving Forward

What to Cut? What to Keep? What to Upgrade?







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