As you have learned throughout this course, assessments are used for many purposes. As professionals working with children, we must look at assessment as a driving force behind planning instruction and developing goals for those children in our care. We must begin to understand the relationship between how children are assessed and how assessment data is used. This is a multi-step process of gathering data, determining goals for instruction, and then implementing those goals into our work with children. For this Final Project, you are asked to do the first two steps of this process. You will develop a partial portfolio for the child you observed and, with that information, you will develop instructional goals for that child. This assignment has three parts:
The first part of this assignment requires you to develop a mission statement. Using your completed Assessment Purpose KWL Chart from the Week Five Reflection Journal, create your mission statement outlining:
- The purpose of assessment
- Your plan for including assessment when working with children
- How you can use assessment to document children’s work
- How you will use children’s interests and ideas when assessing.
This statement should also include your position on working with children with developmental delays. This mission statement will be the introduction to this Final Project.
The second part of this assignment requires you to create a partial portfolio for the child you have been working with. Remember, you must maintain the confidentiality of the child.
For this partial portfolio:
- You will need to observe the child you have been working with using the document “Developmental Checklists Birth to Five” from The Early Childhood Direction Center. Make sure to use the appropriate age range for the child.
- After completing the screener, you will need to create a diagnostic test for the developmental area where the child scored the lowest on the screener. Make sure to include a statement explaining the purpose of the assessment.
- You will also need the information you compiled from the Week Three Observation Assignment on this child (be sure to make any changes recommended by your instructor). This includes both observation forms: running record or anecdotal record, and time sampling or event sampling forms.
The final part of this assignment requires you to create developmentally appropriate instructional goals for this student (based on the age of the child you are working with and all of the data you have gathered).
- Develop at least three instructional goals for each domain: cognitive, motor, language, and physical.
- Along with each goal, provide a corresponding classroom activity that will be used to help this child reach this goal.
- First, explain your plan for talking with parents about the assessments and the information gained from them.
- Then provide three activities as well as instructions for each that the parents of this child can work on at home.
- This part of the assignment should be at least a page in length.
You will need to submit your Final Project as a 10- to 12-page Word document. Along with a title and reference page, make sure to include a table of contents so that each component of the assignment is easy to locate. Along with your textbook, you will need to cite at least two additional sources and utilize proper 6th edition APA style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.