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Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children's Development, 5th Edition

  • Barbara Ann Nilsen Ed.D, Broome Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0495813176  |  ISBN-13: 9780495813170
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2008, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
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WEEK BY WEEK: PLANS FOR DOCUMENTING CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT, Fifth Edition, addresses a dilemma facing pre-service and in-service teachers--how to manage detailed, meaningful documentation on their students' development and achievements while attending to the other functions necessary to keep children safe and actively involved in learning. This all-purpose guide provides a concrete, systematic plan for recording each child's development in all developmental areas, incorporating material on observation methods and techniques, principles of child development, and appropriate practice. Technical aspects of various methods of documentation are presented, as are reviews of the efficiency of each method in capturing important information. Real-life examples, practical tips, forms with clear instructions, and step-by-step guidelines for gathering observational information and building a portfolio for each child make the book useful and relevant to teachers in training as well as practicing professionals.

Features and Benefits

  • This text is the only observation book that presents a concrete system for how to manage data collection through a week-by-week plan--which gathers developmental information on every child in all developmental domains and is repeated three times during the year.
  • Straightforward explanations offer a variety of methods--and the developmental domain for which each is best suited--that can be implemented into classroom practices.
  • The author provides a child development review, useful as a frame of reference for documenting children's behavior.
  • "It Happened to Me" vignettes illustrate key points and are both entertaining as well as illustrative of the experiences of real teachers. Other useful features highlight "How to Find Time," "Topics in Observation," and "Pitfalls to Avoid."
  • The book includes discussion of the implications of No Child Left Behind and of authentic assessment by portfolio documentation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Getting Started.
1. Using the Class List Log to Look at Separation and School Adjustment.
2. Using Anecdotal Recordings to Look at Self-Care.
3. Using Checklists to Look at Physical Development.
4. Using Running Records to Look at Social Development.
5. Using Frequency Counts to Look at Emotional Development.
6. Using Conversations to Listen to Language and Speech.
7. Using Time Samples to Look at Attention Span.
8. Using Standardized Tests to Look at Cognitive Development.
9. Using Rating Scales to Look at Literacy.
10. Using Work Samples to Look at Creativity.
11. Using Technology to Look at Sociodramatic Play.
12. Using Documentation for Child Abuse Suspicions and Looking at Self-Concept.
13. Using Program Assessments to Look at Children in Groups.
14. Using the Portfolio to Conference with Families and Looking at the Child's Interactions with Adults.
15. Using the Yearly Plan to Observe and Record Children's Development.
Appendix A: Week by Week: An Observation Plan for Portfolio Building.
Appendix B: Weeks 15 through 40: Plans for the Week.
Appendix C: Summary of Plans by Developmental Areas.
Appendix D: Observation Forms.
Appendix E: Weeks 15 through 40: Reflective Journal.

What's New

  • Featuring updated research throughout, this edition also includes increased coverage of infants and additional rubrics for recording methods.
  • The new NAEYC accreditation of Associates Degree Child Development Programs with new standards has been integrated into the text.
  • Increased discussion on working with specialists addresses the reality that today's typical classroom includes many children with special needs.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barbara Ann Nilsen

Barbara Ann Nilsen taught in the early childhood classroom, then in the college classroom and online as professor and chair of the Teacher Education and Early Childhood Department at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York. She retired in 2006. She was also the grant director of a state-wide online course collaborative and the Early Learning Opportunities federal project for Building Brighter Futures for Broome. The author received her EdD in Early and Middle Childhood from Nova University (now called Nova Southeastern University) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been active in local, state, and national early childhood professional development initiatives such as New York State Career Pathways, New York State Children’s Program Administrator Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care Credentials, and NAEYC’S Early Childhood Associate Degree Program Accreditation project. She is the co-author, with Virginia Albertalli, of An Introduction to Learning and Teaching: Infants through Sixth Grade, and the author of the Observation and Assessment Professional Enhancement text.