Part 2 - Assessing Young Children

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Use at least 2 practicum hours to administer the informal assessment activity from the “Part 1 - Assessing Young Children” assignment, with the supervision of your classroom teacher.

Write a 500-750 word reflection based on your personal observations about the experience, explain the following:

  1. Strengths and opportunities for growth. Provide specific evidence from your activity.
  2. Your predictions (from Part 1 in Topic 4) versus the assessment results.
  3. Describe two learning activities for each student to support growth in the selected domain.
  4. Changes you would implement in your next informal assessment activity. Be sure to provide specific examples.

Use 2-3 scholarly resources.

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Running head: ASSESSING YOUNG CHILDREN Part 1 - Assessing Young Children Pamela Person Grand Canyon University February 21, 2018 Person 1 ASSESSING YOUNG CHILDREN Person 2 Informal assessments can be defined as the activities that are used for the purpose of evaluating the performance of a student as well as his individual progress in many aspects (Morris et al, 2011). These assessments can take numerous forms and depend on what aspect the teacher wants to assess (Griffiths et al, 2016). These assessments serve the purpose of knowing the individual abilities of each student so that the teacher can know how to group them as well as be able to plan future instruction so that the needs of the students are met at the individual level (Wixson, & Valencia, 2011). Demographic information 1st student- The first student is a male Hispanic who lives in the United States. This child is 4 years old and is not fluent in English. They migrated into the country last year and he is slowly learning English. However, this child is fluent in his native Spanish language. Additionally, this child loves to draw and is good with numbers. 2nd student- The second student is an Arabian male who is 5 years old. This student is not fluent in English but is better in the language than his Hispanic counterpart. He has been in the country for two years and has mastered the English language. This child is more athletic than his counterparts. 3rd student- The third student is an African American who is 5 years old. This student is a girl who is a native English speaker thus is fluent in English. She is however, very shy and is good at designing. Activity The first assessment activity is an interview. Primarily, this is engaging the students in a conversation for the purpose of assessing their language/communication skills. During the ASSESSING YOUNG CHILDREN Person 3 practicum, the students will be engaged in an interview where they will be asked basic questions. These questions are meant to trigger their thought process as well as enable them to be able to come up with thought out answers. The questions will be done in English. Purpose This activity is meant to enhance the communication abilities of the student as well as their proficiency in the English language. Additionally, the exercise is meant to trigger them to think as they are supposed to think of the question asked and come up with an answer. Results The 5-year-old American girl is the best in this activity since she is proficient in the English language and thus can be able to express herself easily. However, she does not have as much confidence as the African child who is not much proficient in the language. The 5-year-old Arabian boy comes second in the exercise since his communication ability and proficiency of the language is fair. He is an extrovert. In the future he might be better in doing the interviews since he will have mastered the English language well. In addition, he is the most confident of the group and thus will try his best to communicate. The 4-year-old Hispanic comes last since he is not yet proficient in the language and thus cannot express himself well in the interview. However, this kid is the most introverted of the group and is talented in drawing. He is also sharp in class when it comes to learning numbers. In an exam setting, where he would not have to speak, he would beat the other two students. References: Griffiths, D., & García-Peñalvo, F. J. (2016). Informal learning recognition and management. ASSESSING YOUNG CHILDREN Person 4 Morris, D., Bloodgood, J., Perney, J., Frye, E., Kucan, L., Trathen, W., . . . Schlagal, R. (2011). Validating Craft Knowledge: An Empirical Examination of Elementary-Grade Students' Performance on an Informal Reading Assessment. The Elementary School Journal, 112(2), 205-233. doi:10.1086/661522 Wixson, K., & Valencia, S. (2011). Assessment in RTI: What Teachers and Specialists Need to Know. The Reading Teacher, 64(6), 466-469. Retrieved from ...
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Assessing Young Children
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After evaluating the students and understanding their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses,
the next step will be writing a reflection based on my observations about the experiences. In the
first part of the assignment, I interviewed three students with the results being; the 5-year-old
American girl was best in the activity since she could express herself easily but lacks confidence,
an Arabian male with a fair proficiency in English and the most confident and finally a 4 year old
Hispanic boy who cannot express himself well since he lacks proficiency in English but sharp in
learning especially when it comes to numbers. The information will be really important in
understanding the next step to take.
Strengths and Opportunities for Growth
The aforementioned group has a lot of strengths ...

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