The attitude of the teacher should be at once positive, scientific and spiritual. Positive and scientific, because she has an exact task to perform, and it is necessary that she should put herself into immediate relation with the truth by means of rigorous observation.
—Dr. Maria Montessori, educator and theorist (Montessori, 2009, p. 155)
Observation is a critical skill in understanding children’s development and learning, and is an essential aspect of professional development for early childhood practitioners. Thoughtful observation provides insight into child development, and is the springboard for further research, connections, and investigations.
In this Assignment, you watch a media segment highlighting social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development of children between the ages of birth and 2. The goals for your observation include describing, through anecdotal descriptions, developmental domains and the interrelationship between these domains.
Note: This Assignment spans 2 weeks (Weeks 3 and 4). This week, you analyze a media segment and complete anecdotal descriptions for children between the ages of birth and 2. Next week, you analyze a media segment and complete anecdotal descriptions for children between the ages of 3 and 5. During Week 4, you complete a reflection based on your observational experiences in Weeks 3 and 4.
Watch the Laureate Education media segment “How to Observe Children” in the Learning Resources. Familiarize yourself with developmental milestones for young children between the ages of birth and 2 with materials provided in the Learning Resources. Then, watch the Laureate Education media segment “Child Development: Infants and Toddlers” and complete the following:
Part 1: Observing Young Children
For the age group observed (infants and toddlers), provide the following:
• Anecdotal descriptions for each of the developmental domains:
Three anecdotal descriptions that capture the interrelationship between developmental domains
Guidelines for anecdotal descriptions: Your anecdotal descriptions provide an objective summary of what you observed in the areas of social-emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development. For each description, be sure to include specific language that captures the nuances of development. Your descriptions should focus on one or two children and be a half page to 1 page in length for each developmental area and for each description of an interrelationship.
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