Observations, self-reflections, interviews, parent-teacher conferences, documentation, and formative assessments, which include written and oral assessments, are some of the different ways in which we evaluate our students’ progress and learning processes.
Because students in a Reggio Emilia elementary school are not just using repetition, speech, and essay writing to learn, but instead using all of their senses, they produce evidence of learning through a variety of media. To understand children and the way they learn, teachers work diligently to document all aspects of the learning process. From daily journals, child specific observations, and children’s artwork, all moments are considered pieces of the process and are made visible in the classroom for revisiting and reflection. Teachers, parents, and children alike can view their thinking and their learning process through documentation.