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Category G: Observation and Assessment

Evidence in this category will demonstrate your ability to gather accurate, objective information
through observation and to use that information to assess childrens development and/or teacher
practices. Your documented examples may show how you use observation and assessment to
evaluate a childs developmental progress or may show how you evaluate the effectiveness of
your own teaching practices. Your samples may include any item that meets the criteria in the
checklist for this category.
Some examples are:
1. A description of how and why your particular observation and assessment tools were selected
and a completed sample of the tools to show how they were used.
2. Your sequential observation record of one child over a period of 3 months noting growth,
maturational and behavioral developments/changes.
3. A video or written description of you interacting with infants or toddlers during an activity and
an analysis of what worked well and why and what you might change and why.
4. A completed child portfolio including observations of the child, as well as developmental
assessments spanning a time period of 3 months.
Your explanation for this category should follow this format:
My sample for Category G: Observation and Assessment is _____________________________.
It fits the category because _______________________________________________________.
I chose it as the best example of my work because ____________________________________.
It demonstrates the knowledge I gained in the ______________________________ course of the
Infant Toddler Credential. (Name the course, or explain what portions of the course this topic
was discussed. It might be in more than one course, or may have been a discussion in class,
reading from a textbook, journal entry, etc.)
I learned about _____________________________ (describe the topic and what knowledge you
gained, what you learned and how you applied it.)
My sample shows my knowledge of how to objectively observe infants and toddlers and use the
information to evaluate child development or your own teaching effectiveness by
__________________________ (describe how it shows your skills in gathering objective and
accurate observations and in how you use the observations to evaluate the childs developmental
progress or assess the effectiveness of your own teaching practices.

The sample for this category will show your skill in using observations of children to assess
childs development, or to assess the effectiveness of your teaching practices. It is different from
Category F (where the focus is on how you use observations of the children to inform your
planning of the curriculum) in that the focus for this category is on how you use observations for
some type of assessment.
Be sure to include the explanation, addressing the questions above (follow the outline provided
in the Portfolio folder).

Scoring Guide
5 = Sample shows high degree of application of knowledge in category; explanation (if required)
is complete and appropriate. Work is creative as well as neat and well organized, with no spelling
or grammar errors.
4 = Sample is complete and appropriate; explanation (if required) is complete and appropriate.
Work is neat and well organized, with no spelling or grammar errors.
3 = Sample or explanation may be incomplete or need some revision. It may not apply fully to
the category. Work is neat and well organized, with few or no spelling or grammar errors.
2 = Sample and explanation may be incomplete or need some or much revision. Work lacks
organization and has spelling or grammar errors.
1 = Sample and explanation may be incomplete or need much revision. Work lacks organization
and has several spelling or grammar errors.
0 = Sample or explanation is absent, and work is sloppy and unprofessional.
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Heather Draeger
Category G: Observation and Assessment
3/30/15
My sample for Category G: Observation and Assessment is an observation of one of the little
boys in my care.
It fits this category because I by observing him, I was able to do an assessment of his
developmental skills.
I chose it as the best example of my work because I learned a lot from working on this
observation, I was able to find ways of helping him to learn more.
It demonstrates the knowledge I gained in the Infant Toddler Capstone class.
I learned about observing children and how I can use the observations to help each child.
My sample shows my knowledge of how to objectively observe infants and toddlers and use the
information to evaluate child development or your own teaching effectiveness by seeing if the
child is where they are supposed to be at developmentally in comparison to others in the same

age group. By observing children I can intervene if I need to, I can also help encourage learning
in areas.