Documentation gives value to the process, as opposed to only the product, and demonstrates to the children that their work and thinking is valued. Educators use photographs, videos, notes, observations, and the work of the students to illustrate ongoing classroom investigations and theories.
Documentation enables parents to learn about their children’s work and to feel connected to what is happening in the classroom. It allows teachers to articulate their thinking about children’s ongoing investigations, and to determine future directions for their studies.
Documentation helps children remember their ideas and shared experiences, and to know that these are highly valued. It plays an important role in multi-dimensional assessment which not only includes documentation but portfolios and parent reports.