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Young kids

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Seeing ourselves through our students’ eyes is the key to being a great model for thinking.

Boyes, 2018, pg. 26

About

THOUGHTS AND NOTES

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As an early years educator, I have always understood the importance of assessment and evaluation in providing quality education to children. However, my thinking on the topic has been challenged in several ways.

 

One moment of learning that I did not expect was the realization that assessment and evaluation are not just about measuring a child's academic performance. Instead, they play a crucial role in understanding a child's social, emotional, and physical development (Smith & Hatton, 2018). I learned that observing and assessing a child's behavior and interactions with others can provide valuable insights into their overall well-being, which in turn, can inform teaching strategies and interventions (McBryde & Segura, 2020). 

 

Another challenge I faced was in balancing the need for assessments with the desire to create a play-based and an inclusive learning environment. I am still exploring ways to incorporate assessment and evaluation into my daily interactions with teachers and children without compromising on the joy and freedom of play and self-learning.

 

Despite all my learning, I still have questions about the most effective ways to assess and evaluate young children, particularly those who may have unique learning needs or come from diverse cultural backgrounds. I also wonder about the most appropriate methods of communicating assessment results to parents and caregivers, especially when there may be significant differences in expectations and perceptions.

 

To extend my learning, I plan to explore more about culturally responsive assessment and evaluation practices, seek out mentorship from experienced educators in this field, and engage in ongoing reflection and self-assessment of my teaching practices and beliefs. In doing so, I hope to continue improving my effectiveness and impact as an early childhood educator.

 

                                                                                                            

Instead of relying on traditional assessments, we can use alternative methods of assessment that accommodate various learning styles and preferences. For example, by considering leaners unique skills, interests, and experiences, assessments can be better aligned with learners' needs and abilities (Janzen, 2020). 

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