A Suitcase Full of Stories: Pedagogical Documentation for Early Education
Aimed at Educators and Pedagogical Leaders, A Suitcase Full of Stories bridges the ‘theory to practice’ gap around pedagogical documentation in early education. The book reveals a fresh and creative insight into documentation through stories as a powerful mechanism for listening-in, analysing, progressing and revisiting children’s well-being and learning.
Warmly and practically written by Avril McMonagle, CEO of Mosaic Early Education, a wealth of documentation examples involving babies, toddlers and young children are threaded throughout the book in a highly visual and accessible format.
Shining a much-needed spotlight on educating the heart before educating the mind, this book:
Foregrounds the interdependence of emotional learning and cognitive learning.
Emphasises the role of participative documentation in seeing and validating the individual child, their strengths, preferences and needs.
Provides Educators with clear guidance and practical examples to implement an ongoing cycle of pedagogical documentation including observations, analysing learning, and planning emergent curriculum.
Simplifies the Learning Story Approach providing numerous practical examples of different types of learning stories for babies, toddlers and young children.
Unpacks child voice and brings child participation to the centre of documentation practice.
Showcases the multi-modal functionality of Ped-tech (Pedagogical Technology) using the digital MOSAIC Educator Pedagogical Documentation System.
Highlights the role of the proficient educator and the characteristics and supports required for professional documentation standards.
A Suitcase Full of Stories is an essential resource for Educators and Pedagogical Leaders aiming to maximise the impact of meaningful documentation for the benefit of young children.
About the Author:
Avril McMonagle has dedicated her working life to early childhood education and possesses a diverse skills-set consisting of practical, academic, management and policy expertise accumulated over the past 30 years. Being at the forefront of a range of pioneering initiatives to enhance quality standards in early education nationally and internationally; the legacy of her work is well evidenced. Avril established her own business MOSAIC Digital Solutions for Early Education Ltd in 2019. The company flagship product is the MOSAIC Educator Pedagogical Documentation System – a digital application used by Educators to support a unique learning pathway for every child.