Presentation on theme: "Kids Say the Darnedest Things Anecdotal note taking in the real world."— Presentation transcript:
1 Kids Say the Darnedest Things Anecdotal note taking in the real world. Presenter: Beth ArthurSenior Screening & Assessment SpecialistEarly Learning Coalition of Brevardx 2019
2 What we will cover today: What are anecdotal notes?Strategies for note takingWhy do anecdotal notes?How to use anecdotal notes to:Assess children’s developmentInfluence teachingBuild relationships
3 What is an Anecdotal note? “Anecdotal notes are detailed narrative accounts that describea particular event factually. “ The Power of Observation Jablon, Dombro and DichtelmillerWhat this really means:Jotting down what you see and hearchildren doing.3 rules for notes:CLEAR-CONSICE-FACTUAL-
5 CONCISE Avoid descriptive language Avoid emotional language Write what you actually see
6 FACTUALWrite only what you seeor hearWhoWhatWhereWhenAvoid Why
7 Examples: OR Which note gets the thumbs up? At center time Megan laid a doll on top of a diaper and triedto pull the diaper up between the dolls legs. When this didn’t work sheleft the doll on the table and went to the sand table.ORWhich note gets the thumbs up?Megan laid a doll on top of a diaper and tried to pull the diaper up very roughly between the dolls legs. When this didn’t work she got mad and pouted. She gave up and left the doll on the table. She abandoned the baby and went to the sand table.
8 OR Which note gets the thumbs up? Nicole came to large group time with an attitude. She looked at the pile ofwrapped items. She gave Jeremiah a meanlook and said “Uh-oh, there are morechildren than presents.”ORAs the children gathered around forlarge group time around a pile of wrappeditems, Nicole said “Uh-oh, there are morechildren than presents.”There are a couple of things wrong with this anecdote. If writing for Nicole, Jeremiah’s name should not be included.
10 Curricula that utilize Anecdotal notes or Observation to Guide Instructionand AssessmentCreative CurriculumHigh ScopeBeyond Centers and Circle TimeMontessori
11 Know what you are looking for Objectives for Development& Learning (ODL)Creative Curriculum:7 Domains: 28 itemsplusSocial Studies &The Arts (8 items)Child Observation Record (COR)High Scope:Infant Toddler6 Categories: 28 itemsPreschool6 Categories: 32 items
29 OnlineCOR makes teachers' and administrators' jobs easier by streamlining record keeping, report writing, and tabulation. You will save timeManaging anecdotes — You will be able to enter, score, and track your anecdotes online.Reporting on individual children — Using information from the COR, Family Reports and Growth Profiles are automatically created for each child.Planning activities — COR scores are aligned with appropriate activities designed to support and scaffold children at their current level of development.Activities from our publication, What's Next, are available online.Reporting on group progress — Reports include results in mandated requirements such as COR Item T: Showing Awareness of Sounds in Words (which encompasses alliteration and phonological awareness) and other critical components of child development.
30 Assessment forCreative CurriculumTeaching StrategiesGOLDKey for age ranges
34 They have gone to school for their profession They participate in ongoing training to keeptheir knowledge up to dateTheir judgment is trustedThey are respected by parents
35 Know your stuff in Early Childhood education (continue education & training )Be able to provide parents accurateinformation about their child and his/her developmentShare assessment information and anecdotal notes at parentconferences.Gain the respect you desire by being a PROFESSIONAL Teacher