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Hi there,

 

We are new to Tapestry and my team understandably.. keep asking me questions...

 

Can I ask how many observations are needed for Tapestry to generate a refinement of 'Emerging, Developing or Secure'? Some of my team are uploading over 20 observations and some only 5.

 

How do you lovely people use Tapestry? Do you take photos and type notes or do you take the photo, jot a few notes down and then type up at a later date? We are trying to move away from all those post it notes around the classroom but finding it hard to work out the best way of remembering the comments children may have made during the activity. We cant spend all day typing when we should be with the children.

 

How many observations do you need to tick a learning statement or do you add an observation and tick the appropriate statement each time?

 

Sorry for all the questions.

 

Bridgette

 

 

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Good morning Bridgette and welcome!

I'll answer your questions in turn If I may:

1. Can I ask how many observations are needed for Tapestry to generate a refinement of 'Emerging, Developing or Secure'? Some of my team are uploading over 20 observations and some only 5.

Tapestry doesn't look at the number of observations that have been completed only the assessments. We recommend that you have your summative assessment settings set to look at Age bands and Refinements only (not statements). This means that when your staff make an observation and assess it Tapestry will be able to use the information input by staff to give you accurate information. Tapestry would give you accurate information if you had completed only one observation and assessed it. This tutorial will help you set it up: Configuring Tapestry for Analysis and Tracking

2. How do you lovely people use Tapestry? Do you take photos and type notes or do you take the photo, jot a few notes down and then type up at a later date? We are trying to move away from all those post it notes around the classroom but finding it hard to work out the best way of remembering the comments children may have made during the activity. We cant spend all day typing when we should be with the children.

Most settings take a quick photo or write a quick note when they are working with the children. All you need is the date and the title to save it. You can then go back and edit it at a later time.

3. How many observations do you need to tick a learning statement or do you add an observation and tick the appropriate statement each time?

There is no link between the number of observations and the assessments. You can have one observation with every area assessed or many many observations with no assessments. Only the observations with assessments with be included in your analysis. We don't recommend ticking statements as a way of showing progress, we suggest you only tick the relevant statement(s) for the observation. A child can move from one age band to another without ticking all the statements in the previous age bands - the statements are there as a guide, not a tick list. This article which I wrote recently will explain to you how to observation and assess effectively using Tapestry. Observing and assessing extended tutorial for Tapestry users

 

I hope this helps, come and ask more questions if you need to - you can bet you're not the only one wondering what to do!! ::1a

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