Assessing and Overviewing Progress in the Classroom
Keep your checklist within reach, so that you can constantly make quick notes about a child or tick off those milestones you have observed. If this is not possible because you may not have enough time or assistance in the classroom during class hours, then make it a habit to record anecdotes or go through the toddler development checklist about each student everyday after class.
There is no need for formal assessments during this process. Just be observant at all times, whether you are conducting an activity or interacting with the children during free play time. However, if you feel that there are some items in the checklist that you are unsure about, you may allot some periods to informally assess the kids. For instance, while one is playing with blocks, you can check his fine motor skills and try to converse with him and ask him about what he is doing. Or you may approach a child with items to sort and make it appear like you are just playing together.
In overviewing the progress of your toddlers, try not to be a mere observer. Rather, use the time you have as an opportunity to push forward their development without being forceful. For example, you can establish rules and keep repeating them and reminding kids about them as they go about their activities.
You may also promote socialization and creativity through various activities that you choose to do in your classes. Improving your own knowledge about toddlers’ development can guide you in your actions, such as how to react properly when a child is lying, showing off his private parts to a classmate, or having a tantrum.