Types of observations• Anecdotal Records• Event Sampling• Checklist
Anecdotal Records• A short, concise narrative summarizing a directly observed incident.• The aim of anecdotal records is to note significant and ongoing evidence of a child’s growth and behavior• Provide documentation
Guidelines• Developmental characteristics (SPLICE)• Significant happenings• Record as soon as possible• Begin with date of observation and age of individual• Be factual, objective and concise• Enter the finished anecdote in confidential file
Questions for Planning• What did you specifically see?• How would you name the essence of this experience for this child?• What does the child know how to do?
• What does the child find frustrating?• How does the child feel about himself or herself?
What do you do with theresults?• Review the information to make connections, find themes, examine gaps, and develop a program that supports the needs and interest of the child.
• Share findings and insights with the child, the family, and the team to better help the child grow and develop.
• Reflective practice – seek out information that will answer questions and support a child or group of children. McDonald, 2011 Created by Joanne