Child Observation Project Evaluation Rubric


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Your Name: ______________________________ EDF 4467: Ergle Date: ______________

In-school Field Experience Project and Learning Journal

Purpose : To provide you with the opportunity to use developmental theory and research to foster your future student’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

You should relate research and theory on human development and learning to what is occurring in your field experiences. You should write a series of reflective journal/logbook entries focusing upon how you are using or will use research and/or theory to help promote your students’ cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. You will choose the best representation of the reflective journal/logbook entries and use it as evidence. You should compose a summarizing reflection on what you have learned about human development and learning to accompany the reflective journal/logbook entry.

Journals : For each classroom observation, you must have a typed, double-spaced journal entry of at least 250 words (at least one full page). You will have 3 journals depending on the number and length of your school visits ( which should be done over the course of the entire semester with a maximum of two hours per week, with the same students in the same classroom ). The commentary should relate material from the text and lectures with what is occurring in the service to the students in the classroom. You should especially focus upon how you are using research and/or theory to help promote your students’ cognitive, social, and emotional development. The journal is to be reflective in nature; it is NOT to be a

“blow-by-blow” listing of events that occurred in the classroom.

Grading: A high quality journal entry will (a) provide a detailed description of the student and include specific examples of relevant student behavior, and (b) demonstrate a solid understanding of developmental theory and its application to education. Each journal

MUST include at least one reference in which you relate what happened in the class to something you learned in class or in the Hoffman text. You must use at least 2 of the terms below ( per project , not per journal) —based on their definition in the Hoffman text—in your journal entries. HIGHLIGHT this application of theory and/or research with a bright highlighter pen. In addition, each journal will be labeled with the date, times, and place of your observation on the top of each journal entry. Your journals are worth 80% of grade.

Key terms you used in your journals : assimilation, accommodation, Piaget, Vygotsky, zone of proximal development, cultural tools, disequilibrium, scaffolding, operant conditioning, classical conditioning, reinforce, punishment, attributions, analytical, creative, or practical intelligence, creativity, cognitive theories, memory, intelligence, standardized testing, Erikson, Kohlberg, identity, self-esteem, praise, self-concept, motivation, moral development, preconventional reasoning, emotional development, social development, constructivism, cooperative learning, self-regulation, learned helplessness, self-efficacy, teacher efficacy, performance goals, mastery goals, anxiety, interest, problem solving, concept map, mnemonics, metacognition, attention, perception or other terms identified in the margins of the Hoffman text.

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Reflection: A reflective writing addressing the essence of development.

FEAP Accomplished Practice:

7: Human Development and Learning: Pre-professional teachers need a solid understanding of learning and human development. To provide positive classroom environments, teachers must have the tools to support the intellectual, personal and social development of all students.



Questions you might address include:

What have you learned about human development and learning and how can you apply it to your own future teaching?

In your studies, which learning theorist do you consider particularly appealing? Discuss this learning theorist, underlining his/her significance and how he/she has influenced your thought.

Relate the theory to changes you observed during your field experience.

Indicate how you have taken into consideration students' developmental levels when developing a lesson, bulletin board, activity, etc.

What developmental changes occurred in your student/s?


Learning Journal

A. Format

Typed, double-spaced

Grammar and Mechanics

B. Key Terms addressed in each entry

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D. Research/Theory

1. Journal/ Reflection total: _________(out of 40)

2. Supervisor Evaluation: _________ (out of 10)

Total Project Points: __________(out of 50)

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