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Tanessa Sanchez

Palomar College

CHDV 105: Observation & Assessment 

Fall 2024: August 24- December 21, 2024

16 Week  | HyFlex Course | Palomar College

Zero cost textbook


All courses are designed with student success and zero cost in mind. All course materials are deemed online educational resources and will need to be downloaded, extracted, or viewed from online resources not purchased. Our primary course text, Observation, Assessment, and Participation in Early Childhood, will be made available in our course.

You will also need to be able to access the  Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations, the Preschool Learning Foundations, the Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework, and the Preschool Curriculum Framework to succeed in this course.

Additional Online Readings

Online educational resources will be assigned each week at the discretion of the instructor and with regards to the topic. Links will be provided in the reading sections and online course syllabus for each weekly module. You may need your Palomar ID and password to access some of the readings or to access some of the links. 

Why take this class?

This course focuses on the appropriate use of a variety of assessment and observation strategies, such as recording methods, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment tools to document child development and behavior. Child observations will be conducted and analyzed in a variety of age ranges, including infant/toddler, preschool, and early intervention settings.

This course is designed to give students direct experience through observing and recording children's behaviors in an early childhood setting. Laboratory experiences will be completed at the Palomar College ECE Lab School on campus.

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Course Goals

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the role of partnerships with families and other professionals in utilizing interpretations of observational data to inform teaching practices.

2. Evaluate the characteristics, strengths, and limitations of common assessment tools.

3. Describe legal and ethical responsibilities in relation to observation, assessment, documentation, and recordkeeping.

Lab Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate developmentally appropriate interactions and use of language with children in an (A) preschool setting, (B) infant-toddler setting, or (C) inclusive setting.

2. Demonstrate systematic observation methods to provide data to assess the impact of the environment, interactions, and curriculum on all domains of children's learning and development in (A) preschool setting, (B) infant-toddler setting, or (C) inclusive setting.

CHDV 105A, B, & C 

Observation, Assessment, & Participation Lab Objectives


We can't expect children to learn without hands-on active experiences nor can we expect that from you. There are some practical elements of this course that will allow you to advance your skills in the area of health, safety, and nutrition. You will also have an opportunity to create a professional portfolio for future employment. The following is an example of how important the coursework will be to your final grade.

You will have opportunities to reflect on your own work and progress throughout the semester. The intention is to help you focus on working in a way that prioritizes your holistic development as opposed to working through fear and worry about scores. The chart below represents the direct paths to receiving the score you want. The following represents the direct path to receiving the score you want.

Students should be aware of the Student Success Guide and the many resources offered by Palomar's Child Development Department. The Palomar Dashboard is also available and offers learning opportunities to teach students to use information ethically and accurately.

How Grades Will Be Weighted

90 – 100%   A (5)    (225 – 250 points)

80 – 89%     B (4)    (200 – 224 points)

70 – 79%     C (3)    (175 – 199 points)

60 – 69%     D (2) (150 – 174 points)

0 – 59%       F (1) (0 – 149 points)

Important Note: 

I want you to be successful. Reading all assignment instructions and rubrics thoroughly will help you succeed. When you are struggling, please contact me, so we can work together. I understand that life gets complicated. Please submit all your work on Canvas (not e-mail). Resubmissions are encouraged for low-scoring grades and assignment comments will help guide you toward completion. You will receive the grade you earn. Please check your Canvas Inbox and the Announcement thread, frequently!

“Assessment is today's  means of modifying  tomorrow's instruction.” - Carol Ann Tomlinson