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Reflective Analysis of Portfolio Artifact

NAEYC Standard:
Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand that child observation,
documentation, and other forms of assessment are central to the practice of all early childhood
professionals. They know about and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
They know about and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective
assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals,
to positively influence the development of every child. (NAEYC, 2010)

Brief Description of Evidence:

In spring of 2015, I did a child case study in my preschool practicum, ECED 235. I observed one
child, over several months. I worked with my mentor to pick a child and I worked with the childs
family. I worked with the family to get some background information on the child, before
beginning the case study. I followed how the child progressed throughout the preschool year. I
assessed what the child already knew. I worked with the child on things that he needed to learn
for kindergarten. I documented several of my findings. I made a list of goals for the child and
worked with the child to reach those goals.

Analysis of What I Learned:

I learned the importance of assessing to make and meet goals. By doing this child case study on
one student, I can apply the same process to several students or a class of students. You want to
assess a child to found out where they are developmentally and to help make goals, specific to
the child. I learned the importance of working with the family during the process. The family has
great information on where the child is at now. The family can also help make goals for the child.
Assessing children also makes for a great curriculum. You can base your curriculum on what your
children already know and what they need to know.

How This Artifact Demonstrates my Competence on the NAEYC Standard:

This artifact demonstrates my competence of the NAEYC standard because I know the
importance of assessing each child. Assessing each child helps to make goals for each child and
also helps to reach those goals. By assessing each child you can find out his/her strengths and
weaknesses and build a curriculum around the general strengths and weaknesses. I also know
the importance of working with families when doing assessments. Families know their child
better than anyone. Families can give valid, important information that you might not get
through assessing the child. By doing one child case study, I can apply the process to several
children. Jean Piaget believed there are four stages of development. Children might reach each
stage at different times than their peers, but each child will go through each stage. I fully agree
with Jean Piaget and know that even though children work at different paces, they all go through
the same stages of development.