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  Developmentally Appropriate Assessment Practices 

                     Now that I know how to observe and implement my primary tool of  observation for the young children such as the usage of my Daily Log, then how do you think I would go about making sure the implementation appropriately matches the developmental needs and interests of the young children I will soon be assisting? Well, according to NAEYC's (2009) guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices, "The job of an educator has five connected components including: 1. Creating a community of learners, 2. Teaching to enhance learning and development, 3. Planning curriculum to achieve important goals, 4. Assessing children's learning and development, and 5. Establishing reciprocal relationships with the childrens'' families." (1) In addition, according to the author, Candace Jaruszewicz (2013) in the text, Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood Educators, "The primary goal of a developmentally appropriate approach toward assessment is to inform my practices in my future assistant classroom, so that the curriculum I implement matches the developmental needs and interests of the children in my care." "In fact, assessment of my young students and my program also provides practical information and evidence to guide my decisions regarding the implementation." (12.1)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now in order to implement the first of the appropriate practices, 1. Creating a community of learners, in which I am for. The first reason for this is because, I do agree that parent's should be in fact more involved with their young child's education. Parent's and young children should also collaborate on what is the most effective curriculum method for their young student's.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In order to implement the second appropriate guideline in my assistant classroom, 2. Teaching to enhance learning and development; it is crucial to know the five key elements for developing crucial teaching skills in order to know according to Jaruszewicz (2013) in the text, "How young children learn and the role of those whom participate in the education of young children, the content of the curriculum and how to implement the curriculum effectively." "Teachers also need to learn patients because children will remember you as someone playing an important role in their lives." (12.6)                                                                                                                                                                                                                         To implement the third appropriate guideline, 3. Planning curriculum to achieve important goals which I agree with, is crucial to know, according to Jaruszewicz (2013) "Planning for curriculum should be informed by insights about how the curriculum is experienced by children because the curriculum is at the core of the reflection of my teaching." (12.6) Also, in addition to planning the curriculum, adaptation of the curriculum is also critical because, according to Jaruszewicz (2013) "As us assistant teachers and educators alike compose our assessment data, we then make decisions about how to alter the curriculum and choose materials and strategies used for instruction to meet the needs and interest of the young children." (12.3)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For the fourth appropriate guideline, 4. Assessing children's learning and development, we as educator's may need to understand that you cannot according to Jaruszewicz (2013) "expect to go fourth with a successful curriculum without assessing it first because it is in fact crucial for optimal instruction." (20) To define, "Assessment is, according to Rencken (1996) in the article,  Observation: The Primary Tool in Assessment, "the process of observing, recording, analyzing and documenting the work children do and how they do it regarding their current goals and learning processes." (10)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The fifth and final appropriate guideline, Establishing reciprocal relationships with families, should be implemented as, open and frequent communication with the young student's families because I believe children's overall success in their primary school years depends upon frequent communication and positive feedback between the young child's teacher and parent's. 

                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               References 

                        Jaruszewicz, Candace (2013) Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood Educators, San Diego, C.A. (Bridgepoint, Edu. Inc.) 

                        Rencken, S. Kay (1996)  Observation: The Primary Tool in Assessment/ Child care Info. Exchange, retrieved from,  http://www.childcareexchange.com/

 

 

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