Observation, Screening, Assessment, and Documentation:
Examine the Environments
Choose an area in your classroom that is regularly set up for children to explore, learn, and grow (garden, sand box, dramatic play, art, manipulatives, science and discovery, blocks, etc.). Consider your learning goals for this area.
Write a list of the ways that you might see children demonstrating the measures in the DRDP as they play and explore in each area. What are children doing to demonstrate the measure? If you are not familiar with DRDP, the instrument is available online. Visit http://drdpsr.org/drdpsr_instrument.html.
Review the photos below.
- What aspects of your program environments support the assessment and documentation process?
- Consider ways that your physical environment, time provided for meetings, and reflective dialogue support documentation, planning, and family involvement.
- Record your thoughts in terms of what’s in place and what you need to be more successful with observation, screening and documentation.