Why Documentation Matters

Educators at every level of instruction—from pre-school to grad school—understand the importance of documentation. If we raise a concern about a student’s recent change in behavior, for example, we’re expected to be able to support our concern with objective data and concise, non-accusatory observations. And while we like to think our administration would support us no matter what, if we don’t have proper documentation in a parent conference, the result is more often than not one with which we won’t be happy. In a situation where it’s our word against a student’s or parent’s word, we lose more than we win. [continue reading…]