Module 2: Rethinking Learning and Practice

Collect Traces of Practice

Collecting traces of practice and learning is key to pedagogical narration. These traces make moments of practice and learning visible. They show the public learning, thinking, connections, and relationships.

You will find many moments in your daily life with children that may form traces. These are moments when children interact with ideas, objects, materials, adults, other children, other species, and the environment.

Develop an inquiry question that guides the focus of noticing and recording. Inquiry is not about capturing an outcome or assessing an individual child.

Choose a moment that draws interest. It may be a moment that brings wonder, surprises, delights, brings joy, intrigues, is uncomfortable, or brings tension.

Traces of practice in pedagogical narrations can take the form of

  • Materials created by the children, such as drawings, paintings, or constructions
  • Written notes
  • Digital audio recordings
  • Photos
  • Video clips

Please note: Photos, video and audio recordings, and notes about children are all pieces of information that must be treated carefully. These are records that contain personal information and governed by BC privacy laws (e.g., Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or the Personal Information Protection Act). For more information go to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

a display of photos and found objects as a tool for pedagogical narrations