This course addresses tools that school-aged program providers can use when documenting children's activities and behaviors. Each tool can be used in a variety of environments, and each can be especially useful in before and after school programs. This class also explores the importance of documenting children's activities, their progress and certain behaviors in order to individualize strategies for each child. Participants will learn how to analyze and plan appropriate activities that will enhance each child's development during their formative years.
- Discuss why observation and recording information about school-age children is critical to supporting planning and teaching strategies.
- Acknowledge the role the observation process plays when developing activities for small group and large group activities.
- Analyze the cyclical nature of planning and offering activities, observing childrens actions and learning processes, documenting results, and evaluating for future lessons and activities.
- Identify several observational tools and describe appropriate ways to use each tool.
- Recognize that each observational tool can be used in various settings and discern when each tool can be used effectively.
- Identify how personal biases affect providers interpretation of childrens behaviors and childrens progress.