Skills Supportive Skill 3: Written and verbal communication skills and are technologically literate to support professional communications with families and colleagues. REQUIREMENTS: 1. Selects child in the room (Pre-school setting) to observe for a minimum of 4 hours, Ideally no more than one hour at a time.
You will observe this one child the entire time touching on cognitive development & play. Do not observe at a Kindergarten class, chose a childcare center. 2. Observe for specific characteristics/behaviors discusses in class and In the textbook chapters that correspond with this age group (cognitive, and social behavior). Though you are focusing on this one child, if they interact with other children, please pay attention to those moments as well. A minimum of 4 observation hours needed. 3. Record observations as a “running record” (see following page for Instructions on how to omelet a running record).
Detailed notes are 2-3 pages long per hour. 4. Reflect on what you learned in a typed paper (at least 3-4 full typed pages) answering the questions in the Child Study Form (see outline). This doesn’t need to be in essay format, but rather follow the outline when answering. You need to provide specific examples from your notes when answering these questions-?so quote your notes on some things you saw/heard. 5. Interpret the Information your write by making comparisons to the typical developmental norms tort a child this age (you can use textbook, NC. G website, and lecture notes-?cite you references in the body of your paper). Answer all the questions on the Child Study Form to complete this process. **See last page of this instruction handout for details on how to write paper** Guidelines for Observing a Child: Observe a preschooler at any childcare setting you choose. You must remain objective so using your own child or a child you are already familiar with is not an Do not engage with the child(Rene) or the teachers. Be as inconspicuous as option. ; possible. Sit quietly and out of the way. If the child moves, you move too so you can e & hear. Remember that what you see and hear is confidential. Use “running record” method to keep track to everything you see and near. Begin with a time and observe for at least one hour. Keep track of time every 10 minutes. One hour of observation should be about 2-3 pages of notes minimum. So total, you should have 8-12 pages of notes (depending on size of handwriting). ***You do not have to observe at these locations. These are only suggestions of centers we have working relationships with, or have extended hours. *** Guidelines for Writing Running Record Observation Notes
Running Records are a written narrative off particular child’s behavior. “A running record is defined as a “sequential record over a given time, written while the behavior is occurring: used to document what children are doing in the particular situation. A student or teacher who can sit on the sidelines and follow a particular child can learn much about what each child does, with whom he/she interacts, and what interests the child. In the running record method, behavior is written down at regular intervals. ” Divide your paper into 3 columns. On the left, record the time the incidents are asking place.
In the middle, write your objective account of what the child is doing. This will help you when interpreting your data when you write your reflection paper. The right hand column is the place for you to write and comment on things that are of interest to you or your own thoughts. Observation notes do NOT have to be typed. ; Include the date and time when each observation took place. ;Focus on free play time or outside play time-?this is the best time to see pretend behaviors. ; objective-?only record the facts (what you actually saw; not your interpretations)