Please use this template when working on your assignment.
ECD 56-Final Observation template.docx
Please observe a child between the ages of 6 months to 60 months old (Please stay in the given age range-DO NOT OBSERVE older than 60 months).
During your observation, you need to be focusing on one child ONLY. You can:
observe a child in a classroom setting for 30 minutes and take running notes
conduct a 30 minutes observation on a child with whom you have contact with (6-60 months old). This child could be from your family, neighbor’s or friend’s (you can observe from a distance, like on a front yard), so any child if possible not your child!
you can ask a friend or a relative to videotape their child for 20-25 minute and share the video with you.
PLEASE make sure the child you are observing is NOT watching TV or spending time in-front of any electronic toy/tablet/PC, etc.
MAKE sure the child is playing/engaged with age appropriate/meaningful activities, toys; if example, outdoor play (balls, climbing structure, sand) and indoor play such as puzzles, children’s books, legos, drawing with crayons, etc, and perhaps engaged in play with other children closer to their age!
child’s age (year & month)
the date you observe
length of observation
description of the setting
This observation shall be minimum of 30 minutes in duration.
It is important that your observation notes as objective as possible (refer to related handouts).
Write down exactly what you see (your observation /anecdotal notes need to be 700 or more words. (When observing, you need to write what you see on a notebook ( this part will be done when you are actually observing the child.) It should include everything you see the child does and says.
During the observation, do not infer or interpret what you think the child is feeling, doing, or thinking during your observation.
Later, please type your hand-written notes (observation/anecdotal notes) and include it to your finished assignment/report (This is part 1 of the 2 of this assignment). REMEMBER-Minimum of 700 words)
If you cannot find any child to observe please use one of the videos below to complete this assignment :
Video # 1: (Option 1)
Your subject is the child with pink shirt! (30 months old)
Video # 2: (Option 2)
Your subject is the child in the red/white skirt (58 month old)
After completing your observation, you are required to write an interpretation of your observation (8 sections must be interpreted) in 4 pages length in the required CHART .
Please make a chart like the ” sample observation ” document (Carefully look at all observation related materials under the “Observation Module”)
On the side that says “Observation–left column”, copy/paste some of what you observed –a sentence/a short paragraph comes directly (as it is written) from your actual observation notes. The 8 sections need to represent at least 1 of the each the developmental areas listed below:
? Your choice
? Your choice
On the “Interpretation–right column” side you are to give your ideas about the developmental significance of the child’s behavior/reaction/response, etc.
Later you MUST also use your text and handouts to support your personal interpretation (tying the theory/concept/gained knowledge to your observation-see the sample observation) of what was observed.
Your text book will be your reference-please include the page number-edition/chapter. Please see attached sample observation and read all guidelines.
NOTE: When writing interpretations for your observation notes, please use Chapters 1, 4, 5 & 6 for AGES birth to 30 Months and for older ages 3-to 5 years old children, please use Chapters 1, 7, 8, & 9! Please make sure your analysis of the observation include the whole child’s developmental areas!
(You have about 6 weeks to complete this assignment! Please don’t wait until the last minute to work on it, start working on it today. It is worth 50 points. I am an email away when you have questions or need help.) Please review the grading rubric below.
ECD 56 Observation Rubric (70 Points) Name _______________________
Objective Running Record
Student does not follow most of the guidelines, focuses on one child (correct age), writes 10 or more subjective observation notes, and produces 300 words of notes.
Student follows 50% of the guidelines, focuses on one child (correct age), writes less than 8 subjective observation notes, and produces 500 words of detailed notes.
Student follows most of the guidelines, focuses on one child (correct age), writes less than 5 subjective observations, and produces 600 words of detailed notes
Student follows guidelines, focuses on one child (correct age), and writes objective with description and produces 700 words of detailed notes.
Non-judgmental write-up interpretation
Student writes 1pages, typed, (1-2 sections analyzed)judgmental comments, and uses the assigned text rarely while writing the report with little understanding of the theory or concepts.
Student writes 2-pages, (4 sections analyzed) typed, non-judgmental developmental interpretation of data, concepts & theories are used appropriately, & their use demonstrates somewhat understanding of the ideas used, reference page # is time to time included.
Student writes 3-pages ((6 sections analyzed), typed, non-judgmental developmental interpretation of data, concepts & theories are used appropriately, & their use demonstrates an understanding of the ideas used, reference page # is included.
Student writes 4 pages (8 sections analyzed), typed, non-judgmental developmental interpretation of data, concepts & theories are used appropriately, & their use demonstrates an understanding of the ideas used, reference page # is included.
Format & Writing Mechanics
Student does not type
Student makes more than 9 spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes.
Student types, uses other than 12-point-font and Ariel, irregular margins, does not follow the required format (chart)
Student makes no more than 5-8 spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes.
Student types, uses 12-point-font, Ariel, double-spaced, standard margins, does not follow the required format (chart)
Student makes no more than 3-4 spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes
Student types, uses 12-point-font, Ariel, double-spaced, standard margin, following the format that is required (chart)
Student makes no more than 1-2 spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
digital_copies_of_sources_used = 0
plagiarism = 0
pref_writer = 0
urgent_writer_assign = 0
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