Important Note: Be sure to read over and share this Assignment with your field experience host teacher.
In this three-part field experience assignment, you will work with your host teacher to observe a young child to develop an electronic mixed-method observation portfolio. You will create a tip sheet to share with families that offers insights on what can be learned from observing children, the importance of observing objectively, and why and how family members can observe and learn about children at home. You also will interview your Host Teacher about their views and experiences related to observing young children and use this information, as well as what you have learned in this module, to complete your Field Experience Journal.
Part 1: Compiling a Mixed-Method Observation Portfolio
To complete this Assignment, you will spend time observing a young child in an early learning setting. You may need to observe on more than one occasion to collect the information needed to develop a mixed-methods observation portfolio. It will be interesting for you to consider the insights gained about the child you observe, but because your time and interactions with the child are limited, it is unlikely that you will be able to draw more than cursory conclusions about the child’s development and learning from the assessment.
Note: You will find many strong resources on forms of observation/documentation—such as using checklists, anecdotal records, video, portfolios, and collecting work samples—in this module.
Share this assignment with your host teacher and work with them to choose a child to observe. Check with your host teacher for any permission requirements, and be sure to keep the child’s identity anonymous in all of your documentation. Then create an electronic mixed-method portfolio using the PowerPoint presentation template provided that includes the following:
Rationale: The purposes and benefits of mixed-method portfolios.
Observations: Complete an anecdotal record and at least two other methods of observation, such as work samples and checklists. If permitted, use audio and/or video observations. Scan or take photos of artifacts and records as part of your portfolio. Attach these as appendixes to this Assignment.
Reflection: Summarize your observation by responding to these questions:
What age range is this child (infant/toddler, preschool, K–3), and in what context(s) did you observe them?
What did you learn from this experience about observing and about young children?
What questions do these artifacts/raise for you?
What more would you like to know?
What additional artifacts/records would you like to include in an electronic portfolio for a child in this age range if you had the time?
How did you ensure that your observations were objective as well as individually, culturally, and linguistically responsive?
Note: You will review these artifacts/records in the next module.
Part 2: Tip Sheet for Families: What You Can Learn From Observing Children
For Part 2 of this Assignment, create a tip sheet to share with families that offers at least five or six insights on what can be learned from observing children, the importance of observing objectively and why, and how family members can observe and learn about children at home.
Note: There are a variety of ways you can create a tip sheet to share with families. Feel free to use this Family Tip Sheet Template or if you would like to create an Adobe Spark presentation, please go to
https://spark.adobe.com/ and explore:
Adobe Spark for Education
Adobe Spark does require you to sign in with your personal email to create an account. However, Walden does not require, support, or ensure the security of this software.
Here’s an example of a tip sheet created with Adobe Spark: https://spark.adobe.com/page/xmMPHEgIEU5Dh/
Part 3: Field Experience Journal
In this Assignment, you have been learning about how and why to observe young children. For Part 3 of the Assignment, you will have a conversation with your host teacher and then complete your Field Experience Journal.
To Prepare: Host Teacher Conversation
Interview your host teacher, discussing the following:
What are your views about the role of observation in getting to know children and fostering their healthy development and learning, and what ways do you observe children?
What insights could you share based on your experience with observing young children?
How do you ensure that you are objective when you observe and that your observations are individually, culturally, and linguistically respectful and responsive?
What questions/concerns do you have about observation?
How would you like to improve professionally with regard to observing children?
Here are insights I would like to share/resources
Field Experience Journal Entries
Use the Field Experience Journal template and write a reflection on your experiences of this Assignment. Include your responses to the following:
Summarize the conversation with your host teacher.
Based on the insights gained from the conversation:
Explain how observation is used in this setting.
Describe insights gained regarding the role of observation in supporting young children’s development and learning.
Explain how the strategies and approaches evidenced in this setting align (or do not align) with the evidence-based practices you are learning about in this course.
Briefly summarize your ethical statement about observing young children. What principles will you strive to uphold, including how you will make an effort to be objective and consider all children as individuals in ways that encompass variances in languages, cultures, groups, and developmental levels respectfully and responsively?
Share at least one key takeaway about observation you learned from your field experience.
Share what you would advocate for as a leader and professional in relation to observing young children and the ethics of observation.
By Day 7 of Week 3
Submit your . . .
Electronic Mixed-Methods Portfolio
Tip Sheet for Families
Field Experience Journal