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Observing, Recording and Looking Ahead
4 Clock Hours Early Childhood Education Training
Common Questions and Comments
"Do I need to plan all of my observations or can I do them spontaneously as well?" -Camille
Some programs may require you to use certain forms and methods for observing. If this is the case, you will first and foremost want to make sure you are following your programs guidelines. Generally speaking, both of these methods can be used and may be warranted in certain situations. If a child bites another child during the day, you may decide spontaneously to make observations throughout the rest of the day to work on this behavior. Alternatively, you may plan to start observing a child when you notice developmental red flags. To summarize, the focus should be first on what your center requires of you as well as what works best for you and the individual children in your care.
"I find it difficult to remember or have the time to jot down my observations for the day. What could help with this?" -Autumn
It can be an unrealistic endeavor to carry a recordkeeping book or binder with you throughout your day. If you are planning to observe a child for a set period of time, then it may be easier to extensively document observations. If you are trying to observe a behavior throughout the day and need to make on-the-go observations, it would be best to keep a small notepad in an apron, or a pad of sticky notes in your pocket to quickly jot down observations. At the end of the day you could transfer these notes to your recordkeeping documentation.
Enrollment Hours (PST)
Monday - Friday 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 8 pm
Holidays 9 am – 8 pm