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Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children's Development, 4e is a reference that not only presents the technical aspects of many various methods of documentation, it also reviews domains of development and the efficiency of each method to capture important information. Early childhood professionals should be keeping written records for every child in their group, documenting events, achievements, and concerns. There are many methods or types of documentation to use. The dilemma of both child development learners and professionals is how to manage detailed, meaningful documentation while attending to all the functions that they need to perform to keep children safe and actively involved in learning. This book is an all-purpose guide for learners and practitioners to gather meaningful developmental information. The new online companion contains forms and additional resources that will assist in using the child assessments to guide curriculum planning. Also added to this new edition are 'It Happened To Me' vignettes that illustrate key points and are both entertaining as well as illustrative of the experiences of real professionals. It also includes an expanded discussion of the implications of No Child Left Behind and authentic assessment by portfolio documentation. The book can be useful for courses in observation methods, child development, curriculum planning and practicum. This reference is a must-have that provides a year's plan for gathering developmental data on every child; something every classroom teacher needs.
Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Getting Started. Chapter 1: Using the Class List Log to Look at Separation and School Adjustment. Chapter 2: Using Anecdotal Recordings to Look at Self-Care. Chapter 3: Using Checklists to Look at Physical Development. Chapter 4: Using Running Records to Look at Social Development. Chapter 5: Using Frequency Counts to Look at Emotional Development. Chapter 6: Using Conversations to Listen to Language and Speech. Chapter 7: Using Time Samples to Look at Attention Span. Chapter 8: Using Standardized Tests to Look at Cognitive Development. Chapter 9: Using Rating Scales to Look at Literacy. Chapter 10: Using Work Samples to Look at Creativity. Chapter 11: Using Technology to Look at Sociodramatic Play. Chapter 12: Using Documentation for Child Abuse Suspicions and Looking at Self-Concept. Chapter 13: Using Program Assessments to Look at Children in Groups. Chapter 14: Using the Portfolio to Conference with Families and Looking at the Child's Interactions with Adults. Chapter 15: Using the Yearly Plan to Observe and Record Children's Development. Appendix A: Week by Week: An Observation Plan for Portfolio Building. Appendix B: Weeks 15 through 40: Plans for the Week. Appendix C: Summary of Plans by Developmental Areas. Appendix D: Observation Forms. Appendix E: Weeks 15 through 40: Reflective Journal. Glossary. Index.
Posted January 15, 2013
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