When adults make decisions based on what known about child development in general, along with the particular needs of the children in their care, they are able to plan with intention. They learn about children through observation and authentic assessment, then use that data in order to select effective teaching behaviors that are well-matched to the children in their care.
Documenting Children’s Learning
Documenting how children are learning is an important activity for early childhood professionals to engage in on a regular basis. In this e-clip, Judy Harris Helm discusses why documentation is so critical and identifies some of the different purposes of documentation. Two preschool teachers and one toddler teacher describe the various ways they document and well as how they use documentation to help achieve different goals.
From an early age, learning is influenced by one’s dispositions, or tendencies to think or act in particular ways. This video emphasizes six essential dispositions of competent learners. Caregivers are encouraged to support children to be: creative, inquisitive, flexible, critical thinkers, purposeful & reflective, and social learners. Toddler and preschool teachers describe why and how they promote these dispositions within their program.
Early childhood professionals observe children throughout the day for a variety of purposes. This video explores various informal and formal observation strategies that professionals can use to identify children's individual strengths and needs and plan instruction that best meets children's needs.