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Anecdotal Records

Anecdotal Records

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Published by: annacine on Nov 11, 2009
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Anecdotal Records
is an account of an event in a child's day. The record of this event can be detailed or brief. These shortreports describe, in a factual way, the incident, its context, and what was said or done by the participant(s). In most cases,anecdotes focus on very simple, everyday interactions among children, children and adults as well as children andmaterials in the environment.Ideally, the anecdotal record should be recorded as it unfolds or immediately after. However, anecdotal records usuallyhave to be written later at the end of the day. Keeping brief notes on index cards or sticky notes carried in your pocketscan be helpful. Jotting one-word reminders or short phrases on the cards about the event can provide a set of reminderswhen the anecdote is written.
Characteristics of Anecdotal Records:
Simple reports of behavior'
Result of direct observation.
Accurate and specific
Gives context of child's behavior 
Records typical or unusual behaviors
Anecdotes capture the richness and complexity of the moment as children interact with one another and with materials.These records of child behavior and learning accumulated over time enhance the teacher's understanding of the individualchild as patterns or profiles begin to emerge. Behavior change can be tracked and documented, and placed in the child's portfolio resulting in suggestions for future observations, curriculum planning and student or parent conferences.
 Examples of Anecdotal Records:
Child's Name: Melissa C.Date & Time: 4/23/01 8:45 amPlace or Learning Center: Preschool classroom-free play
Observed Event & Behaviors:
Melissa sat next to Tina at the reading table. Tina greeted Melissa with "Hi, Melissa! Wanna read a book with me?"Melissa said that she couldn't read. Tina replied, "We can look at the pictures."Child's Name: Catherine W.Date & Time: 11/16/02 9:15 amPlace or Learning Center: block center 
Observed Event & Behaviors:
In the block center, Jamie and Catherine began to argue over who would drive the dump truck. Maria said, "Nobody can be my friend if I'm not the driver." Catherine suggested that there were two other trucks and an airplane--she could be the pilot and everyone else could drive a truck.Child's Name: Destiny H.Date & Time: 3/25/02 1:30 pmPlace or Learning Center: sensory - bin
Observed Event & Behaviors:
Destiny looked in the sensory bin. She picked up a picture of Katie. I asked her who she found. She said, "I found Katie."Then she walked over to Katie and said, "Look, I found you."

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