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(Adapted from: www.kidsource.com/kidsource, "EncouragingCreativity in Early Childhood Classrooms" by Carolyn Pope Edwards and Kay Wright Springate ERIC DIGEST December 1995)

The role of documentation

Lillian Katz and Sylvia Chard have written about the importance of teachers as documentarians of student work (part of thearticle is excerpted below).

"Documentation, in the forms of observation of children and extensive recordkeeping, has long been encouraged andpracticed in many early childhood programs. However, compared to these practices in other traditions, documentation in Reggio Emilia focusesmore intensively on children's experience, memories, thoughts, and ideas in the course of their work. Documentation practices in Reggio Emiliapre-primary schools provide inspiring examples of the importance of displaying children's work with great care and attention to both thecontent and aesthetic aspects of the display.

Documentation typically includes samples of a child's work at several different stages of completion; photographsshowing work in progress; comments written by the teacher or other adults working with the children; transcriptions of children's discussions,comments, and explanations of intentions about the activity; and comments made by parents. Observations, transcriptions of tape-recordings, andphotographs of children discussing their work can be included. Examples of children's work and written reflections on the processes in which thechildren engaged can be displayed in classrooms or hallways. The documents reveal how the children planned, carried out, and completed the displayedwork."

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Assignment 2: reflection

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Assignment 2: Reflection

"Our children are eager to learn, they are creative in how they learn, and they have an extraordinary capacity to learn if we knowhow to encourage them the right way."

  • According to the Reggio approach, what are some of the ways we can "encourage them the right way"? Describe specific examples and ideasgiven in the Reggio readings.
  • What are health practices/facts discussed in the Facts for Life section that would also serve as a way to "encourage them"; that is, make it easier for young children tolearn. Give 4 or 5 ideas or facts discussed in the health section.


Discussions and Innovations - Early Childhood Education

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Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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