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your knowledge vs written obs/photos

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Crownie13, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. The profile handbook suggests a mixture of evidence....your own knowledge, written obv, photo evidence, children's work, guided group sheets etc.

    It says there is no requirement of the amount of written obs etc. I feel I am not doing enough, but with the new 'best fit' summative assessment method, you do use what you know in your head a lot more.
    Just wondering what others feel?
  2. Sorry I haven't answer for you other than I feel exactly the same way!!
    I look through some of my LJs and think I don't have enough written obs but I do know my kids inside out and could talk thru the best fit judgements easily. I try to do at least 2 longer narrative obs a half term per child and then quite a few short/anecdotal ones on top...
  3. MissMistoffelees

    MissMistoffelees New commenter

    We do just post-it note obs unless there is a child we have concerns about then we might do a longer observation. The deputy head did suggest we should be doing more longer ones but we find them time consuming and I usually find they tell me exactly what I already know. I also know the children well and after initial observations try and target those quieter ones who I'm not as sure about and areas which we have fewer observations for (usually Maths). Am just hoping no-one questions this as it works well for us and I believe leads to sound assessments.
  4. I would say the same - by and large I know the kids inside out and just occasionally write things down! We've been given guidance to have at least one 'significant' (as in 'shows progress' I think!) obs per child per each of the 7 areas per half term. In my files this is a mixture of post its, observation slips, the kids' pics/writing and photographs. Ofsted been in recently - a team of 3 early years specialists - and didn't look at LJs until we made them, so I am no longer worrying too much about them!

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