Back to basics - A brief summary of early childhood observation methods and techniques. Anecdotal Observations An anecdote is a "short account of a particular incident or event of an interesting or amusing nature", often biographical ("Anecdote",nd). Anecdotes are useful for taking quick, simple notes that have been observed throughout the day. They are generally written in past tense and can be written up after the event when a teacher has more time. When taking an anecdotal observation it is good to note the time, date, place & relevant context of the event (eg. location, background information, children involved etc.). Essentially an anecdote tells story of what the observer has seen. As in all story telling, there are no strict rules for how this is done, however, it is worthwhile pointing out that observers should avoid using too much interpretation within their observation as this could inhibit subsequent reflection, particularly when reviewing a number of observations together at a later time.
PROS: Quick & can be remembered and written in past tense Example: 1. 2. 3. Planning for learning. Documenting learning. Individual programs for children. Understanding Programming for EYLF. Proper learning as you suggest doesnt just happen at activities, it happens across the day through the relationships and interactions we have with children, through the care we give in routines, and in the friendships with other children. Totally understand this and obviously this is taken into account in play-based learning and other methods and philosophies of learning as well.
From my experience ... and I have been dealing with children and learning and education for over 15 years... what I am seeing (at this particular place) I do not feel really allows the child to have the experiences that he could have and that upsets me. There is my problem ... Early Years. Individual programs for children. Strenghts based programming presentation. Documenting learning.