PROGRAM PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT (10 Hours) LEVEL 3-4
Observations are Your Road Map not your Destination
The way in which you will identify and accomplish these goals and objectives is to complete an initial observation of each student to see where they are on the developmental continuum. Standardized tests are inappropriate for young children. Authentic observations, not assessments, are called for here. This may mean that you will need help in the beginning complete all the observations in a timely fashion.
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What is an authentic observation (Informal Assessment)
The observation is conducted in a setting that is meaningful and relevant to the child’s daily experiences. Observations are conducted while children are engaging with materials and equipment either in the classroom, outdoor or home environment. The observer will identify indicators that demonstrate whether milestones or information presented in class meet proficiency standards.
To create a good picture of who the child is and how they are progressing, you should include Parent observations and assessments. Including parents in this process encourages them to listen and observe their children in a different way. This can open the door for discussions that may arise about their child’s development and academic success.
If you have limited classroom support you can create an environment where students can play freely with little support from you while you concentrate on observing one child at a time; observing them for 10 minutes at a time. Observations can be done all day.
If a particular milestone presents itself as a child is playing or during an activity write it down, name, date it and put it in the child’s binder as soon as you can. If observations are new to you take a class or research how to complete the different observation types and how to use them to develop a relevant lesson plan.
Children can spend up to 10 hours a day in your classroom and outside environment. If you are responsible for 10 children, that is only one observation an hour for each child each during the day.