Artifacts

A community of practice can be a great opportunity to collect and share artifacts that provide tangible evidence of shifts in thinking and practice. Artifacts could include samples of student work, photos of students at work, samples of teacher-made materials, and collections of instructional materials. These artifacts can also serve as inspiration by showing what is possible when the right supports are in place.

Artifacts can be shared at a face-to-face session. For example, during one wrap-up session for Literacy for All, participants were invited to bring examples of student projects to display on an artifacts table. This generated interesting discussion and participants reported being inspired to be able to see actual examples of student work, and get a better sense of what was possible.

At another session, participants were invited to share examples of student-made and teacher-made books that had been created throughout the year.

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