As the teacher collects observations on their students, keeping a checklist of skills observed would help to determine what skills children are exhibiting as well as what skills need to be observed in certain children. This organization will help when completing assessments as the teacher will be sure that the skills being assessed have been observed.
Jessica Rainey AET/545 Dr. Linda JustusNovember 19, 2012
In this training you will : Learn to write clear and objective observations Use written observations to add and extend daily activities in the classroom Use written observations to complete assessments
Qualityobservations can be made at any time throughout the day Makesmall notes through out week, record all at once
Criteria for On-Target child development based on Early Learning and Development Standards in Infants, Toddlers Pre Kindergarten, and School-Age children Free Play Structured Activities Outdoor or Gross Motor Play Meal Times & Self-Care Practices
Subject Skillor Action The setting or scenario if it aids in description of the skill or action Objective Direct quotations if possible
In this video clip: Observe the child with the Dino-Mite shirt After the video: ~ Write one observation about the child in the video
Two children were rolling their cylinders across the table repeatedly to see who’s would go the furthest.The child was cheering on his friend while they were rolling cylinders across the table during small group time.
In this video clip: Observe the child with the blue shirt After the video: Write one observation about the child in the video
1.The child climbed up the slide without help, then slid back down.2. The child flapped his arms when the car reached the bottom of the tower.3. The child played ball tracks with a peer for 2 minutes without interruption.
How to Extend Activities: Brainstorm Add enhancing items to activities or center Develop open-ended questions to enhance discussions about activities. Align activities with standards used in classroom Why extend? Develop interests Develop skills
Video 1: Using rolling pins with play dough Sort & Classify things that roll Provide various size cylinders for children to explore Video 2: Help children build roads and different towers for the children to use in car center Explore how the small balls roll on other surfaces, including various textures.
When completing assessments: Checklists Rating Scale Using a standard rating scale to determine to what level of competency the children can complete or demonstrate a particular skill. One example of a rating scale would be: Does the child demonstrate ______ skill ? Possible Answers: Not Yet, Occasionally, Proficient, Mastered
Observation is crucial to the continuous development of children!