What is a Floorbook®?
A Floorbook is a large book in which thoughts, ideas and open-ended questions are recorded by children and their educators.
Why might you use a Floorbook?
Floorbooks make the planning cycle visible.
The book collates child-centred ideas (without reframing) that educators use to create Possible Lines of Development/Direction. (PLODs)
A mind map at the back of the Floorbook summarises and indexes the PLODs.
Curriculum outcomes are linked to indexed PLODs. (Evidence of the PLODs is throughout the Floorbook.)
Floorbooks document the learning journey.
Keeping all thinking together in one place helps shows a depth of learning over time.
Thinking and ideas can be recorded in a variety of ways eg. photos, educator observations, children’s drawings and scribed talk.
Different children can contribute at different times.
Children can revisit books, reinforcing and extending their learning.
What is the Floorbook approach?
- Responsive teaching
- Inquiry-based learning
- An effective way of ensuring student agency