The focus of this observation is children ages (6 – 11) – grades kindergarten through grade 5 or 6). Due to the pandemic, creativity may enable an excellent experience. A 30 minute observation in an elementary school setting (should one be possible), a virtual elementary school experience, an After School-age Child Care program, a community class, etc.. The environments of Middle Childhood are varied, and students should consider ages of interest. The years kindergarten through grades 1 – 3 are often referred to as early elementary school; and grades 4 – 5 or 6 – upper elementary school.
I have provided below some videos of kids from ages 6-11
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The Running Record keeps track of everything that happens in a specified time period” (Essa, 2007). “Its purpose lies in the fact that a well written Running Record lets someone else read the description later and visualize the scene or events as it is recorded” (Carter, 2009).
When students of child development are given the opportunity to observe children in person, they become able to contrast data learned through readings and media presentations with the actual experience of seeing behaviors and hearing interactions. It is the very best way to develop an understanding of the developmental stages of children.
When performing an observation, it is recommended that 1/2 of the allotted time be used to observe several children of similar age interacting in the environment. This can be followed by a second time frame where “1”child is selected to be observed.
When taking notes for a running record, an observer’s attention is focused only on several children of similar age; or on one child. It might be necessary to reposition oneself in order to see and hear everything. Record in sequence all activity observed, as well as quotations of speech heard. It is recommended that students recall the importance of gathering data on each of the developmental domains: Physical Development, Cognitive Development, and Social and Emotional Development. To complete each observation requirement, an essay follows the Running Record, and is composed of a paragraph on each developmental domain. It is requested that only objective statementsbe used. In future child development courses, students may be required to interpret behaviors, and this might lend itself to subjective statements. An objective statement contains only what was seen and heard.