There are different methods used when assessing or recording and young people’s development and they are,
Observation is used by watching the children and young people in a thoroughly way, the purpose for this method is that it helps the teacher/mentor to identify the behaviour of the children documents their performances and comes to decisions, when planning an observation you need to be clear about it and obvious about the purpose of to why you are doing it.
Interview – this type of method is engaging the children and young people in a discussion through questions that you ask them, it allows the children to explain actions, work samples or particular answers, when using this method to assess the child’s development you need to ask questions at all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy in order to gain insight into children’s learning.
Time sampling – this is when you record a particular event or behaviour at a specific time interval (i.e. five minutes, ten minutes and fifteen minutes) This enables the mentor/teacher to understand or identify when a particular child demonstrates a particular behaviour, which helps to answer questions such as; ‘does the child do something or just at a certain time and event?’ and this should only be done at a specific period, time or event.
Check list – is a list of factors identifying the children and young people’s skills and knowledge, this enables the mentor/teacher to observe and easily tick/check off what children and know and what they are able to do. You need to make sure that the check list includes factors that are valuable for the program and for training (i.e. counting from 1 to 10 or hopping on one foot)
Information from parents/carers, children and young people or other professionals and colleagues:
Anecdotal record; is a given brief written description of the children and young people’s behaviour at one time, this