In Playcentre the end of session korero is pounamu. It’s a time to stop and reflect, to connect, to share stories and to learn from each other. When thinking about documenting it, it’s a good idea to think about the purpose of the documentation. Why are you documenting this? What do you do with the information you documented? How are you going to use this information to do things differently for your tamariki?
When we document children’s learning we want it to be more like storytelling and less like paperwork. We want it to be about the children rather than complying with requirements.
There is no right or wrong way of documenting the end of session korero. Try different things. Keep what you like and tweak what is not working. A key outcome of documenting the end of session korero is to capture the emergent play and learning interests.
This end of session is designed to focus on capturing emergent interests.
Good questions will help you to generate powerful conversations at the end of session.
Capturing the emergent interests on session helps us to make decisions about the next session.
See below examples of how centres document the emergent interests of the children’s play and learning.
Lincoln Playcentre keeps a session profile book for each of their sessions.
North Beach Playcentre captures the day’s learning as a mindmap.
Southbridge Playcentre notes the day’s play and learning on a white board.
River Downs Playcentre revamped their end of session evaluation form to capture the important emergent interests for the day.
I would love to see other creative ways of capturing the stories of the day.