Explore the research on effective assessment practices in early childhood education and how these work together with intentional teaching approaches to promote rich and varied learning opportunities for children. Throughout the course you will hear from experts and explore case studies of effective practice from teachers and leaders in early childhood centres. The course provides opportunities to put into practice the knowledge and strategies you are learning. Designed for practising early childhood teachers and centre leaders, the course will particularly benefit newer teachers or those wanting to refresh and update their knowledge.
Outcomes:The course has a strong focus on understanding the nature of quality in assessment in Early Childhood Education (ECE), and on helping you to engage in high-quality assessment practice that supports you to notice, recognise, and respond to children’s learning in intentional and meaningful ways.
Case studies of practice
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What you’ll learn
PART 1 Assessment for intentional teaching
Introduces the concept of intentional teaching and how it aligns with educational theory, as well as unpacking the relationship between assessment and intentional teaching.
PART 2 Introducing assessment practices
Covers the broad principles of early childhood assessment practice and describes some of the practices that support these principles, including a discussion of principles from Kaupapa Māori assessment practice.
PART 3 Gathering information about children’s learning
Explores different ways to find out about children’s learning, including effective observation practice as well as less common means of gathering information, such as time-sampling and event-sampling.
PART 4 Multiple perspectives
Theorises why it is important to seek information and interpretations from a variety of others involved in a child’s learning and explores the best ways to solicit meaningful discussion and share perspectives with children, families, and teaching teams.
PART 5 Learning stories
Examines how assessments of learning can be presented to learners, their families, and others, using the learning story format, including the potential and limitations of learning stories.
PART 6 Narrative assessment techniques
Provides detailed information about how a learning story might be constructed, with particular attention to the ways in which you might formally analyse and interpret data about children’s learning, offering several different lenses and prompts to aid you with analysis.
PART 7 Responding with intentionality
Focuses on intentional teaching, and explores the ways in which we might construct intentional responses to the learning data we have collected, interpreted, and analysed.
PART 8 Assessment and intentional teaching in daily practice
Provides opportunities to reflect upon how to put the practices you’ve learned through the course into a robust and manageable assessment process, including additional ways to record assessment data besides the learning story approach.
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Assessment & Intentional Teaching in ECE course
($109.25 inc GST)
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Group enrolments enable teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet. Prices below exclude GST (local sales tax).
- 1 teacher: NZ$95
- 2-4 teachers: NZ$85 pp
- 5-9 teachers: NZ$75 pp
- 10+ teachers: NZ$65 pp
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