Listen to the researchers ...

“Effective teachers use information and insights gathered from assessment to plan and adapt teaching and curriculum. They recognize that even young children invent their own mathematical ideas and strategies and that children’s ideas can be quite different from those of adults. They interpret what the child is doing and thinking and they attempt to see the situation from the child’s point of view. With this basis in thoughtful assessment, teachers are able to make informed decisions about what the child might be able to learn from new experiences.” (NAEYC, 2002)

Voices from the Classroom ...

“... watching students use manipulatives and questioning their approach provides a clearer understanding of their learning and insight into their representation. Authentic ways of showing what children know uncovers deeper thinking that cannot be represented or reflected on a worksheet.” (K–3 Educator)

Young Mathematicians: Pedagogical Documentation for Planning and Provoking Math Learning

A Grade 1 educator uses pedagogical documentation to provoke new learning.

Young Mathematicians: Reflecting on Mathematical Learning at the Light Table

In this video, an educator shares her process to reflect on the children’s learning and next steps. It features two children creating a game at the light table.

Mathematizing and Descriptive Feedback

This PowerPoint contains photographic documentation of children’s learning, including both the educator’s and the children’s descriptive feedback.