Early Childhood Observation

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The observation of children, centred round careful viewing and listening, is a crucial characteristic of effective early childhood pedagogy. Nonetheless, research suggests that early years’ practitioners struggle to observe children satisfactorily and find a great difficulty in planning provisions built upon their observations. Thus, it is imperative that as prospective early childhood educators, we should understand the importance and value that such methodology holds. There should be a continuity between that which is observed in the classroom setting and what is presented to the students to facilitate their learning. Such observation equips educators with the skills necessary for effective teaching, learning and assessment. Teachers need…show more content…
Firstly through; being very attentive to the children, identifying their needs, while also noticing and understanding variances in their behaviour and responding accordingly. In correlation to this teachers should develop self-awareness to separate their own feelings from those of the children Lillard (2005). Secondly, observation is used to evaluate children‘s interests, for instance, the teacher would note whether or not the child is interested in an object, how he/she displays this interest and how long they are interested in it. As a result, teachers could also use observations to assess children‘s work in progress, though this must be done subtly as even a glance could disrupt the concentration of a child engaged on a…show more content…
During these peer interactions, the teacher can see how the children organise their learning and how they deal with challenges. Play also presents a number of opportunities for learning, whereby engaging with the pupils in their interaction the educator would pick up ways of how to extend their play and assess their learning in a more formative and indirect manner. Moreover, we also found that it is more effective to see the children in their naturalistic setting without being obtrusive, hence informal observations are key as not to disturb the children’s ordinary routine. Observing the children’s guardians could also be a window towards finding out what motivates the children to learn, Maccoby
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