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PLAN FOR ASSESSMENT

When assessing young children, it is important to remember that all the domains of development are important and that each child has their own personality. In order to ensure that all children gain something from their classroom experience throughout the domains, both unstructured and structured play or work should be considered. The first kind of assessment is observing and recording in the form of anecdotal notes of the child’s interests, learning styles and achievements. Some notes can be kept in individual assessment portfolios, one for each child. In these portfolios, artwork, written work, photos, oral retelling (recorded on a tape recorder or written by teacher), and work selected by the students themselves can also be stored. The work will be separated into categories of the domains (cognitive, physical, language) listed above so that samples in each domain are covered. This is a good way of monitoring which areas children excel or need help in. For the social emotional domain, a separate checklist is needed to assess the children once a week (see appendix 2). It is essential to communicate with all the children on a one to one basis to get to know what they are felling and how they see themselves growing in the classroom, or also to discuss any issues they may have. The teacher would have mini conferences with individual children during free playtime and record any important information. Outdoor play is a great time for teachers to observe social emotional behavior and the use of tape recorders or anecdotal notes can provide insight into children’s development when they are not interacting with adults. Parent, child and teacher conferences will be held at the very beginning of the year and several times throughout the year in order to get a sense of how the family dynamic can affect the child, for the whole family to get to know the class and the teacher and for the child to show 28

Portfolio  

educational portfolio for ages 3 & 4

Portfolio  

educational portfolio for ages 3 & 4

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