Presentation on theme: "Kids Say the Darnedest Things Anecdotal note taking in the real world. Presenter: Beth Arthur Senior Screening & Assessment Specialist Early Learning Coalition."— Presentation transcript:
Kids Say the Darnedest Things Anecdotal note taking in the real world. Presenter: Beth Arthur Senior Screening & Assessment Specialist Early Learning Coalition of Brevard x 2019
What we will cover today: What are anecdotal notes? Strategies for note taking Why do anecdotal notes? How to use anecdotal notes to: Assess childrens development Influence teaching Build relationships
What is an Anecdotal note? Anecdotal notes are detailed narrative accounts that describe a particular event factually. The Power of Observation Jablon, Dombro and Dichtelmiller What this really means: Jotting down what you see and hear children doing. 3 rules for notes: CLEAR- CONSICE- FACTUAL-
CLEAR Childs name Where When What happened
CONCISE Avoid descriptive language Avoid emotional language Write what you actually see
FACTUAL Write only what you see or hear Who What Where When Avoid Why
Examples: At center time Megan laid a doll on top of a diaper and tried to pull the diaper up between the dolls legs. When this didnt work she left the doll on the table and went to the sand table. OR Megan laid a doll on top of a diaper and tried to pull the diaper up very roughly between the dolls legs. When this didnt 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. Which note gets the thumbs up?
As the children gathered around for large group time around a pile of wrapped items, Nicole said Uh-oh, there are more children than presents. OR Nicole came to large group time with an attitude. She looked at the pile of wrapped items. She gave Jeremiah a mean look and said Uh-oh, there are more children than presents.
Know what you are looking for
Curricula that utilize Anecdotal notes or Observation to Guide Instruction and Assessment Creative Curriculum High Scope Beyond Centers and Circle Time Montessori
Know what you are looking for Objectives for Development& Learning (ODL) Child Observation Record (COR) Creative Curriculum: 7 Domains: 28 items plus Social Studies & The Arts (8 items) High Scope: Infant Toddler 6 Categories: 28 items Preschool 6 Categories: 32 items
Activity Lets try it!
Activity Matching Notes to Domains
Making Notes Work for You Working for Your Notes Strategies
Get Organized – Make a Plan
Post-its: A love hate relationship Pro: Individual serving size Stick-able Compact for teacher pockets Ready made Con: Small - Individual serving size Stick-together-able Compact for childrens pockets Cost
Use what you have Better to note on anything Youve got than miss the chance!
The Lowly Clothespin
Be Creative! Make it a part of your room.
…worth a thousand words
Video captures everything… Children love to see themselves on video Parents love to see their children on video Teachers love to take notes from video
Why take notes? Make your program responsive to children Conduct assessments and write reports Work together with families
What you learn about children by reading and evaluating anecdotal notes can directly influence how, what and WHO you teach.
When Assessing Childrens Development Technology is your friend
Both the Creative Curriculum and High Scope have online assessment tools TS GOLD COR Online
OnlineCOR makes teachers' and administrators' jobs easier by streamlining record keeping, report writing, and tabulation. You will save time Managing 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.
Assessment for Creative Curriculum Teaching Strategies GOLD Key for age ranges
Relationships with Families
What do these people have in common?
They have gone to school for their profession They participate in ongoing training to keep their knowledge up to date Their judgment is trusted They are respected by parents
Know your stuff in Early Childhood education (continue education & training ) Be able to provide parents accurate information about their child and his/her development Share assessment information and anecdotal notes at parent conferences. Gain the respect you desire by being a PROFESSIONAL Teacher