Please forward this error screen to 170. Appropriate preschool teacher gifts graduation preschool assessment is an important component of any quality early childhood program. Young children should always be assessed in a natural setting while doing the things they do every day.
Young children should be assessed throughout the day so that the teacher will be aware of the child’s skills in all areas of development. Teachers observe, write anecdotal notes, and reflect on each child’s abilities. They plan according to what they have learned through their observations. If it is apparent that a child never counts past three the teacher knows that she must provide materials and opportunities and guidance for this child to count as often as possible.
Preschool assessment in an early childhood classroom is important because it drives the teacher’s lesson plans. The assessment also provides information for teacher’s to share with parents at conferences etc. A developmentally appropriate assessment includes observations of the child as he goes about his business. All teaching staff will write anecdotal notes continuously on children that reflect their skills in all areas of development. Anecdotal notes should only state the facts -not opinions. In other words, it is okay to say “Charlie smiled” but not okay to say “Charlie was happy.
It is alright to use your own shorthand as long as you know what it means. The teacher takes anecdotal notes regularly as she does observations of the child. She also collects samples of the child’s work. The assessment tool gives the teacher guidelines that show her where the child stands in the process of his development.
Children develop most skills in a specific order. For instance when children are learning to write they scribble, then make letter-like symbols, then write letters, and then words and sentences. If Jimmy has been making letter-like symbols, we know he is nearly ready to begin writing letters and later words. So, we offer Jimmy lots of materials, opportunities and guidance that will move him to the next level, writing letters. This type of assessment is called authentic assessment because the child is not tested. The assessment is done in natural circumstances.