Assignment 1: Observation Reflection

For this Assignment, you will put theory into practice by using your research from Week 4 Assignment 1 to guide you. Traditionally, observation has been one of the most used types of assessments in early childhood. This has both benefits and limitations. One serious issue with observation is assumption by the observer. This often occurs when there is no clear purpose established before the observation. In other words, a specific purpose for the observation has not been established.

By examining two different age groups for the same skill or developmental area, you can make comparisons on not only the area observed, but also on the effectiveness of the assessment(s). As educators, you must be cognizant of the strengths and weaknesses of the assessments you use, as well as their intended purpose. There is no one-size-fits-all in early childhood education.

To prepare:

· Before completing your observations, review the Required Media found in the Learning Resources of this module and the following videos to form the basis of your observations.

an analysis that addresses the following:

· What were the strengths and weaknesses of the instrument(s) you found or created for observing play?

· Should the instruments have been modified? Why or why not?

· How could you share this information with families or with colleagues as a teacher leader?

· Clearly identify the purpose of the observation and explain how you considered culturally responsive practice.

· How do you know your assessment practices are fair and equitable?

· How do you know this is developmentally appropriate (DAP)?

· How do you target skills to be assessed?

· How do you schedule assessments, and what are these (content)?

Complete a 2- to 3-page analysis using your research, and include a copy of the selected instrument. Page length does not include title page, reference page, or instrument for assessment.


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