Overview

For this Performance Task, you will observe in an infant setting and a  toddler setting, using the Infant Observation and the Toddler  Observation documents as guides and graphic organizers. You will also  engage in reflective conversations with your host teachers and then take notes of what evaluates effective routines and transitions and  offers recommendations for improvement.

You will observe routines and transitions in an infant and in a  toddler setting. You will also engage in reflective conversations with  your host teachers and then record what evaluates effective  routines and transitions and offers recommendations for improvement.

6 pgs

 This Assessment requires submission of three files: your completed  Infant Observation and Toddler Observation, and your results

Instructions

Before submitting your Assessment, carefully review the rubric. This  is the same rubric the assessor will use to evaluate your submission and  it provides detailed criteria describing how to achieve or master the  Competency. Many students find that understanding the requirements of  the Assessment and the rubric criteria help them direct their focus and  use their time most productively. Review the key topics for this assessment and discuss them with your Host Teacher to gather their insights and thoughts.

Evaluating Routines and Transitions in Infant and Toddler Care and Education Settings

 

Your Observations

  • Make arrangements to observe in an infant and a toddler setting.
  • Share your assignment/goals with the Host Teacher in each setting. These include: 
    • Observe routines and transitions related to greeting time, meals and  snacks, diapering, napping, moving to new activities, the end of the  day, and any other routines and transitions that involve children.
    • Observe teacher-child conversations and interactions, aspects of  safety, and the ways routines and transitions foster respectful,  responsive relationships.
    • Note questions you have about routines and transitions in the setting.
    • Engage in a reflective conversation with each Host Teacher about  your observation experience, sharing questions that came up for you as  well as the following: 
      • Please describe your setting for me.
      • What do you see as the role of transitions and routines in your program?
      • What insights can you share with me about transitions and routines from your experience that may be helpful to practitioners?
      • Whats working well in your setting regarding fostering toddlers  healthy development and contributing to respectful and responsive  relationships between early childhood professionals and the children  through routines and transitions?
      • What would you like to improve?
    • Note: For your conversations, you may also want to  ask about anything you thought was particularly well done or a  routine/transition you werent able to observe because of timing such as  greeting and/or end of day. You may have a question about something the  teacher did or said, or about a childs reaction. Be sure to take good  notes.

Use the notes from your graphic organizer, the host teachers input,  and the resources for both topics to write between 5-6 pages.  Include the following:

 Title Page

  

  • Introduction: A brief overview of your observation setting. (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Summary of information from the teacher in the infant setting. (2-4 paragraphs)
  • Evaluation of infant routines and transitions you observed for  safety, consistency, responsiveness, respect, and whether/how they  fostered responsive and respectful relationships including attachment  and/or autonomy appropriately. Be sure to substantiate your thinking  with evidence-based resources. (2-4 paragraphs)
  • Three recommendations for enhancing or improving the opportunities  in routines and transitions for infants healthy development specific to  fostering respectful and responsive relationships and appropriate  attachment and autonomy. Be sure to substantiate your thinking with  evidence-based resources. (2-3 paragraphs)

 

  • Introduction: A brief overview of your observation setting. (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Summary of information from the teacher in the toddler setting. (2-4 paragraphs)
  • Evaluation of toddler routines and transitions you observed for  safety, consistency, responsiveness, respect, and whether/how they  fostered responsive and respectful relationships including attachment  and/or autonomy appropriately. Be sure to substantiate your thinking  with evidence-based resources. (2-4 paragraphs)
  • Three recommendations for enhancing or improving the opportunities  in routines and transitions for toddlers healthy development specific  to fostering respectful and responsive relationships and appropriate  attachment and autonomy. Be sure to substantiate your thinking with  evidence-based resources. (2-3 paragraphs)

Note: Be sure to cite your sources and adhere to  confidentiality. Do not use childrens names. (You can use just a first  name, or refer to child 1, child 2, etc.) Also, refer to your host  teacher by first name only.