Creating an Exhibition of Teaching and Learning
· Provides a form of self-assessment related to the school’s mission
· Offers evidence of the kinds of learning not often reflected in standardized tests
· Provokes conversation about teaching and learning in the wider community, in part by challenging unexamined notions of children’s capabilities
· Deepens exhibitors’ own learning through the hard, but rewarding work of communicating student and adult learning to others
Exhibitions can focus on teachers or students, the learning process or product, learning content or learning about learning, or all of the above! They can be designed to address a school wide topic or exhibition-specific topic (e.g., the role of questioning in learning) or have diverse foci. Most of the information the public receives about student learning takes the form of test scores or dispiriting news stories. Exhibitions of teaching and learning offer another way to make learning public. Exhibitions can serve multiple purposes and audiences.
Sharing and Exploring Many Ways of Documenting Individual and Group Learning
The Documentation Exhibition Space contains a wide variety of examples of documentation contributed by Making Learning Visible Institute participants and faculty—educators engaged in the exploration of making individual and group learning visible in diverse contexts. This space offers opportunities to see the documentation efforts of other practitioners and to engage in informal discussions of these pieces and the practice of documentation in general. We hope this space will help to ground our conversations and raise new and generative questions throughout the MLV Institute, as well as to provide viewers with ideas for how to begin using documentation to support and extend learning in their own settings.