Reports and Observations
Observations are one of the controversial subjects in our sector of Education. Some teachers use a notebook which they keep by their side at school, making short observations as and when they happen each day.
The other school of thought is to use Observation Sheets during the reporting periods, filling in many of the line items from the notebook mentioned above.
Try not to be too formal when assessing, especially with Language and Maths. In general, young children don’t react well when they’re the focus of the spotlight. Plus, sitting down and assessing each child individually is very time consuming.
How to Write a Perfect Report
The Four Agreements
Be Impeccable with your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Don Miguel Ruiz, Author, Teacher and Healer
Please remember that Observation Sheets are never, ever used as reports
The Complete Birth to Four Year Old Curriculum
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Birth to 6 Months Observation Sheet