I am currently a freelance writer and I have contributed to a range of publications from academic journals to magazines. Academically, I have a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology, a PhD in Art History and a postgraduate diploma in psychotherapy with a focus on movement and somatics, all from well-known British universities.
There are principles, learning outcomes and different guidelines according to where we live that must be taken into account but for the most part it is important that educators develop a planning cycle and method of documentation that suits their own individual style.
You can read more about my own planning cycle here but today I wanted to explore the evaluate and extend part of the cycle as I have been receiving quite a few messages from readers asking for help in this area.
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As always with my posts for educators, please remember that I share how I interpret things and how I have previously learnt through my own formal training but also through my own personal experience in different care environments.
It may not be what you have been told or what your Director or Coordinator or Scheme requires so you need to be aware of that as you read. I do always encourage educators to question methods and procedures if they are being forced upon them though.
You are a professional and as such have the right to question and seek clarification for the work and processes expected of you.
But to do this means coming from a place of knowledge and understanding and confidence in your own planning style and systems so that you can confidently engage in debate.
You may find this article on how to become an assertive educator helpful. Without this step it is just an observation and that my friends has been a waste of your time. And no one wants that. So let me break it down for you….
What does analysing an observation mean in simple terms? How do I start? What learning took place here? This is where I now reflect upon the EYLF outcomes and use the language of that document to guide my my responses…not listing specific numbers though.
What strengths and interests can you identify from this observation? Is there anything in this observation that concerns you from a developmental perspective?
Who do I need to speak to about this? Is this learning observation significant — can I plan future experiences from this observation?
I personally think the last question is very significant. When you first start taking observations it can be easy to fall into the trap of writing down every little thing a child does.
With experience though you will see that it is more worthwhile to think about what you see happening in front of you first, engage with the child and if you feel it was significant write it down later. They want you to engage and be involved in their play even if that just means knowing you are there watching them and not actually directly involved.
Some people do this underneath or beside their observation. I use my forward planning form as I find it easier to keep a sequence going and show clear linking if I keep all steps together.
It makes it a little clearer in my mind and I need that as there is usually so much going on in there lately and frankly I usually do this program step with a glass of wine in hand…!10/20/12 at am Child’s name: Ana Preschool Classroom from Observation Room at Cabrillo College Age: 3 ½ years DOB: April Brief description of environment: Ana was observed in the Cabrillo Preschool.
There were approximately 20 other children aged /2 to 5 years, one Master Teacher, two Interns, and three student teachers. Annalysis and Interpretation of Child's Play Topics: Learning, Scientific method, Case study Pages: 2 ( words) Published: April 24, Observation, Documentation and Interpretation Observations and documentation help to create a holistic picture of children's experiences, development and learning, and help to support planning that is meaningful to each child.
approximately 20 other children aged /2 to 5 years and four teachers. Anecdote, objectively detailed. Ana brought a book to a table where a small group of children were. 3/22/16 ~ Preschool-Analysis leslutinsduphoenix.com Research Project # 3 ~ Play Years Observation Project Example of anecdotal observation documentation and analysis Anecdotal Observation # 1 of 3 Observer: Student Name 10/20/12 at am Child’s name: Ana.
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