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Kids Say the Darnedest Things Anecdotal note taking in the real world . . Presenter: Beth Arthur Senior Screening & Assessment Specialist Early Learning Coalition of Brevard barthur@elcbrevard.org 321-637-1800 x 2019. What we will c over today:. What are anecdotal notes?

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Anecdotal note taking in the real world.

Presenter: Beth Arthur

Senior Screening & Assessment Specialist

Early Learning Coalition of Brevard

barthur@elcbrevard.org

321-637-1800 x 2019

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What we will cover today:

What are anecdotal notes?

Strategies for note taking

Why do anecdotal notes?

  • How to use anecdotal notes to:
  • Assess children’s development
  • Influence teaching
  • Build relationships
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What is an Anecdotal note?

“Anecdotal notes are detailed narrative accounts that describe

a particular event factually. “ The Power of ObservationJablon, Dombro and Dichtelmiller

What this really means:

Jotting down what you see and hear

children doing.

3 rules for notes:

CLEAR-

CONSICE-

FACTUAL-

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CLEAR

Child’s name

Where

When

What happened

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CONCISE

Avoid descriptive language

Avoid emotional language

Write what you actually see

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FACTUAL

Write only what you see

or hear

Who

What

Where

When

Avoid Why

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Examples:

At center time Megan laid a doll on top of a diaper and tried

to pull the diaper up between the dolls legs. When this didn’t work she

left the doll on the table and went to the sand table.

OR

Which note gets the thumbs up?

Megan laid a doll on top of a diaper and tried to pull the diaper up very roughly between the dolls legs. When this didn’t work she got mad and pouted. She gave up and left the doll on the table. She abandoned the baby and went to the sand table.

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Which note gets the thumbs up?

Nicole came to large group time with

an attitude. She looked at the pile of

wrapped items. She gave Jeremiah a mean

look and said “Uh-oh, there are more

children than presents.”

OR

As the children gathered around for

large group time around a pile of wrapped

items, Nicole said “Uh-oh, there are more

children than presents.”

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Curricula that utilize Anecdotal notes

or Observation to Guide Instruction

and Assessment

  • Creative Curriculum
  • High Scope
  • Beyond Centers and Circle Time
  • Montessori
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Know what you are looking for

  • Objectives for Development& Learning (ODL)
  • Creative Curriculum:
  • 7 Domains: 28 items
  • plus
  • Social Studies &
  • The Arts (8 items)
  • Child Observation Record (COR)
  • High Scope:
  • Infant Toddler
  • 6 Categories: 28 items
  • Preschool
  • 6 Categories: 32 items
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Activity

Let’s try it!

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Activity

Matching Notes to Domains

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Strategies

Making Notes Work for You

Working for Your Notes

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Post-its: A love hate relationship

Pro:

Individual serving size

Stick-able

Compact for teacher pockets

Ready made

Con:

Small - Individual serving size

Stick-together-able

Compact for children’s pockets

Cost

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Use what you have

Better to note on anything

You’ve got than miss

the chance!

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The

Lowly Clothespin

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Video captures everything…

Children love to see

themselves on video

Parents love to see

their children on video

Teachers love to take

notes from video

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Why take notes?

  • Make your program responsive to children
  • Conduct assessments and write reports
  • Work together with families
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What you learn about children

by reading and evaluating

anecdotal notes

can directly influence how , what

and WHO you teach.

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Both the Creative Curriculum

and High Scope have online

assessment tools

TS GOLD

COR Online

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OnlineCORmakes teachers' and administrators' jobs easier by streamlining record keeping, report writing, and tabulation. You will save time

Managing anecdotes — You will be able to enter, score, and track your anecdotes online.

Reporting on individual children — Using information from the COR, Family Reports and Growth Profiles are automatically created for each child.

Planning activities — COR scores are aligned with appropriate activities designed to support and scaffold children at their current level of development.

Activities from our publication, What's Next, are available online.

Reporting on group progress — Reports include results in mandated requirements such as COR Item T: Showing Awareness of Sounds in Words (which encompasses alliteration and phonological awareness) and other critical components of child development.

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Assessment for

Creative Curriculum

Teaching Strategies

GOLD

Key for age ranges

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What do

these

people

have

in

common?

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They have gone to school for their profession

They participate in ongoing training to keep

their knowledge up to date

Their judgment is trusted

They are respected by parents

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Know your stuff in Early Childhood education

  • (continue education & training )
  • Be able to provide parents accurate
  • information about their child and his/her development
  • Share assessment information and anecdotal notes at parent
  • conferences.
  • Gain the respect you desire by being a PROFESSIONAL Teacher
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Contact me:

barthur@elcbrevard.org