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Module 4 focuses on the importance of observation as a tool to:

  • know and understand individual children
  • plan meaningful experiences that support children's learning
  • document children's learning progress
  • make learning visible to children and their families.

Section Participants Time

Explore

Exploring observation

Participants will:

  • reflect on the process of observation and why it is important
  • consider skills required for effective observation
  • explore ways of documenting observations (including samples and templates).

Teachers

Early years educators

Directors/leaders

Support personnel

20 mins

Examine

Examining observation practices

Participants will:

  • engage in reflection using a case study of one teacher's observational practices
  • identify processes for interpreting and analysing observations to support children's learning.

Teachers

Early years educators

Directors/leaders

Support personnel

40 mins

Engage

Observation in practice

Participants will:

  • document, analyse and reflect critically on an observation
  • complete an action plan to further develop observation skills.

Teachers

Early years educators

Directors/leaders

40 mins

Extend

Engaging partners in observation

Participants will:

  • consider how to engage partners in observation, in particular the role of parents in observation.

Teachers

Early years educators

Directors/leaders

20 mins

National Quality Standard

Module 4 supports teachers to meet these National Quality Standards:

1.2
Educators and co-ordinators are focused, active and reflective in designing and delivering the program for each child.
1.2.1
Each child's learning and development is assessed as part of an ongoing cycle of planning, documenting and evaluating children's learning.
1.2.3
Critical reflection and evaluation of children's learning and development, both as individuals and in groups, is used as a primary source of information for planning and to improve the effectiveness of the program and teaching strategies.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Module 4 supports teachers to meet these Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning.
10
Engage in professional learning.

 

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