Methods Of Observation

Formative assessments are used by teachers throughout the school year to collect performance data on students for a variety of reasons. There are many different ways to perform these formative assessments. Observing young students at play is one such assessment that can yield a wealth of information.

Part 1:  Graphic Organizer

After researching different types of observation methods, complete the “Methods of Observation Graphic Organizer” by describing the methods and the environment in which they are used.  You may use a variety of resources for your information (research articles, teacher or school websites, etc.).

Support your findings with 3-5 scholarly resources.

Part 2: Scenario and Reflection 

Respond to the scenario:

You are planning to observe one of your preschool students, Jamie, during free play to see if he is in need of services to assist him with gross motor development. Which observation method would work best for you – anecdotal records, running records, checklists, rating scales, event sampling, or time sampling?

In a 250-500 reflection, discuss which observation method you would use to observe this student and why you feel it would be most appropriate. Describe the importance of conducting ongoing formative child, family, and setting assessments to monitor progress and instructional effectiveness and student progress.