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Reflective Analysis of Portfolio Artifact Rationale/Reflection


Candidates prepared in early childhood degree programs understand
that teaching and learning with young children is a complex enterprise, and
its details vary depending on childrens ages, characteristics, and the
settings within which teaching and learning occur. They a) understand and
use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for
their work with young children and families. Candidates b, c) know,
understand, and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate
approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and
families and d) positively influence each childs development and learning.
Brief Description of Evidence:
During the fall semester of 2015 in ECED 243 Cognitive Curriculum I
created an Invitation to Learn and a Documentation Panel. The Invitation to
Learn was made to provide the children to freely choose what they wanted to
do with what they had been given. The children were given the chance to run
the way they wanted to learn and what they wanted to learn about. The
children chose to learn about different measurements and comparison of
sizes. The Documentation Panel was provided to show the students and the
parents what they had learned and said while they were working together.
Analysis of What I Learned:
While completing this project I learned how to observe, document and assess
the children I work with while incorporating what the families want their
children to learn. I also learned how to understand the benefits of assessing
the children and working with professionals to better the childs education.
This project showed me how to create environments and lessons that are
Reggio Emilia inspired that are hands on, student lead, developmentally
appropriate and inclusive
How This Artifact Demonstrates my Competence on the NAEYC
Through this project I was able to work on documenting and assessing
children. I know and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
I know how to use systematic observations and other effective forms of
assessment strategies. I am able to partner with the families to see what

they feel their child needs to learn or that their child wants to learn. I am
able to work with professionals to ensure that every aspect of this project
was a positive influence on the childs development. I am now able to use a
new method to inspire learning in my classroom by making lessons and
activities that are hands on and student lead.