The Reggio Documentation Panels seek to answer two central questions about the student learning experience in an arts- integrated classroom:
1) What just happened here? and
2) How did this happen?
A documentation panel makes the students' learning visible and breaks down the isolated
classroom, showing the rest of the learning community (other teachers, students, administrators, parents, etc.) the thinking processes that are happening in the classroom. Documentation panels are an important part of a well-balanced arts-integration approach as knowledge is never verifiable through listening or observing alone. The panels help students revisit their ways of making meaning.
By documentation, we mean the practice of observing, recording, interpreting, and sharing the processes and products of learning through a variety of media in order to deepen and extend that learning. Documentation panels are not just retrospective, but also prospective. They shape the design of future contexts for learning. Documentation panels should be put up in the classroom to allow the students to view and respond to a highlighted learning experience. Teaching teams can listen to their students' reactions and responses, and develop instruction around what they hear their students expressing interest and