Choose one of the classroom observation approaches presented
Choose one of the classroom observation approaches presented in the Module 4 posted articles. These approaches are meant to be used by a teacher to observe their own classroom, not an external observation of the classroom (like CLASS). Thinking back to a time when you wondered how to change your classroom climate, physical environment, or routines OR wanted to know more about your students’ capabilities or struggles, how would you use one of the classroom observation approaches to gather more information or start an inquiry? For example, I was stumped by a group of toddlers who were incredibly hesitant to participate in music and movement activities (I had never had a group that didn’t love freeze dance). If I could go back, I would use a VLA approach to figure out if there was enough space and if there were certain peer interactions that may have contributed to their hesitance.
To get full credit you must write an initial post briefly sharing your past situation and discussing which classroom observation would have helped you solve it (perhaps more quickly or with better strategies). Include at least one citation, it can be citing the approach you chose.
- ECEJ article: Promoting Positive Peer Interactions in the Preschool ClassroomActions
- This article is about sociodramatic play and discusses using observation to select intervention strategies
- ECEJ article: Putting a Focus on Social Emotional and Embodied Learning with the Visual Learning Analysis (VLA)Actions
- This is a less traditional approach to observation using pictures and documentation instead of in-the-moment live action observation. A nice alternative or complimentary practice to what we typically think of as classroom observation.
- Cogent Education article: Jumpstart Program EfficacyActions
- This article includes observation checklists for specific aspects of social and emotional development.
- Assessment in Education article: Assessing Young Children’s Self-Regulation in School ContextsActions
- Table 2 of this article lists items for a survey (with a 7-point scale for responses) that teachers complete on individual students to assess their emotion regulation, self-regulation for learning, and socially-responsible self-regulation.
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