Educators of young children who regard the most valid ways to evaluate growth and development of the children they teach, will benefit from this easy to read guidebook that offers assessment methods that can be expeditiously implemented into any program. Its principles and use of terminology are clearly presented, as the book represents the important role assessment plays in accountabilities of teaching children. Specific instruction is also given on creating portfolios, what they should look like, and how they facilitate teaching. Perforated pages of samples, developmental checklists, instructional forms are included in the appendices for easy reference and use.
Written for care providers and educators, this guide describes six assessment methods and offers guidelines for their implementation. It outlines the major principles of assessment, and describes the importance of assessment for accountability. Specific instruction is provided on creating portfolios. Developmental checklists and supplemental forms are provided. A glossary defines key terms. Black and white photographs support the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Preface Vi. Part I: Assessment…The Art of Making It Simple. An Introduction 2. Definition 4. What Should I Assess? 6. Developmental Milestones 9. Why Assess? 12. How Should I Assess? 17. Summary 19. Part II. Six Simple Methods of Assessment. Developmental Checklist 21. Parent Interview 37. Self-Portrait 50. Work Samples of Scribbling, Writing, or Drawing 61. Audiotapes 71. Anecdotal Records 77. Part III. Pulling It All Together. Now What? 87. Pulling It All Together - A Final Narrative 88. How Many Types of Assessments Should I Use? 90. Portfolios as a Way to Save Student Work 93. A Working Portfolio 94. What Does a Working Portfolio Look Like? 95. Teacher-Made Portfolio 96. Special Needs Children and Portfolios 98. How Will This Portfolio Help Me Teach? 100. The Checklist Is Not a Curriculum 102. Summary 103. References. References 104. Appendix A. Developmental Checklists. Appendix B. Parent Interview Forms. Appendix C. Samples of Self-Portraits. Appendix D. Samples of Anecdotes. Appendix E. Sample of Student Work. Appendix F. Example of a Narrative