This assignment includes three tasks. In Task 1, you will develop a plan to assess the children in your classroom using a checklist. In Task 2, you will try out the checklist in your classroom. And finally, for Task 3, you will complete a reflection worksheet about this experience.
The estimated time to complete this assignment is 1.5 hours. You will receive credit for this time on the certificate of completion issued at the end of the series.
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Task 1: Develop a Plan for Assessment Using a Checklist
As demonstrated in Session 1, you will use the authentic assessment process (Review, Plan, Observe & Document, and Analyze & Implement) to develop a checklist and collect assessment data on children in your classroom.
You will use the Authentic Assessment Process Worksheet to guide and document your planning. Remember that you will first need to choose a focus for your assessment based on questions you may have about your children. You may assess all the children in your classroom or a smaller portion of them. Bring your completed worksheet to Session 2.
Please use the criteria presented in Session 1 and the RIELDS to develop a checklist. You may use one of the two formats we presented in class (see handouts below)or you may develop your own. Remember that some domains of development are better suited for checklists than others (e.g., physical, literacy, and mathematics). You may want to develop your checklist around one of these domains.
- Download and print the Authentic Assessment Process Worksheet (PDF)
- Tools for Teachers: Using Checklists–Skill Assessment Checklist (PDF)
- Tools for Teachers: Using Checklists–Classroom Activity Assessment Checklist (PDF)
- Learning Activity: Using Tally Sheets as Checklists (PDF)
Task 2: Collect Assessment Data Using the Checklist
Carry out your assessment plan by using the checklist to document your observations of the children. You may wish to use your checklist at different times of day or in multiple settings. Please bring your completed checklist to Session 2.
Task 3: Reflect on the Assessment Process
After you have used your checklist, and gathered some data on your children, please complete the Assignment Reflection Worksheet. Bring the completed worksheet to Session 2.
Optional Task: Read an Article
For more in-depth information about child assessment methods, you may wish to read the article, “Developing a Child Assessment Plan: An Integral Part of Program Quality,” written by Fredalene Barletta Bowers and published by Exchange magazine in 2008.