I am a teacher and I teach Computer, Maths and Science to the children (age group 8-12 years ). Weekly I teach 600 children as i go to almost 15 classes and each class has 40 children. My time period with one class is 35 to 40 minutes. As i teach subjects which needs regular practice, it is difficult for me to see the emotional and social aspect of the children. According to the new system we need to observe children and write their social and emotional skill and top of it...Grading on their social and emotional skills.Our school asks all teachers to observe children.So each and every teacher is doing the observation job like me.
What i like to ask is ..Is it possible to observe 600 children and write their monthly skills? One child might like Maths and might not like Computer or science.It might vary. So Subject wise he could show different emotions. A child might love sports and might not love to study. So how can i say that what i have observed is right? How can i say that the other teacher's observation is wrong?
Moreover if a child is angry , unhappy or happy, how can i grade his emotion? As it is may be sickness , family problem or any other reason? Or may be child is Introvert or Exrtrovert. Who am i to say that being introvert is Grade B and being extrovert is Grade A?
Friends ...help me out. I really need solution..
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It is possible, but perhaps this differentiation for classes is what your administrators want you to be looking for. Perhaps they want to know how the students are acting and responding differently in the different classes. In addition, there will be some behaviors that carry from class to class, and this could be important as well.
Great answers so far. My area of encouragement is regarding your concern that what a student may exhibit in your class time may be different than what he or she exhibits in another class. That's just a reality of life--different students have different interests, react differently based on time of day, or interact differently with different students. The dynamics of students, especially at this age, are always changing. You mention that every teacher is doing the same kind of observation as you are; that actually takes the pressure off you. When all of your observations are combined, they create a more complete picture. Just write down what you observe, your colleagues will do the same, and the result is a well rounded picture of each student's school experience. Good luck!
We did exactly this when I worked residential wilderness camp. The "grading" was done in the form of bi-weekly reports which assessed individuals against their own "Individual Treatment Plans" (basically a set of behavioral and academic goals they needed to complete in order to graduate) and previous behavior. Although it was personal, the treatment plans were written with the idea in mind of "what is appropriate behavior for life?"
Basically, you grade emotional skills based on behavior. Do students display healthy reactions and behaviors to various emotions? It doesn't really matter if a person is emotionally stable. I've come to believe that chemicals are much more responsible for this than any outside factors. What matters is that kids have behavioral stability, and that they know appropriate ways to respond to circumstances (and emotions) that may be out of their personal control.
Sadly, many adults do NOT do this, so I actually think it is a great thing to assess (AND TEACH!) at younger ages.
I have to say that grading or evaluating the "emotional skills" of 600 children would be very difficult, but possible. By the same token, most children in this age group have under developed emotional skills so I suppose you may have to define what is appropriate and what is inappropriate. As long as they follow the rules and act appropriately then I would think that they would be meeting expectations.
It's a pretty vague topic, I have to admit. Yes, it's possible to observe and grade 600 kids and their "emotional skill", assuming that you get to define the criteria or qualities of that skill yourself. I don't think there's any way to grade it effectively, or objectively. Not to mention, they are 8 - 12 year olds, in an intensive process of physical and social maturation - what skills are they expected to have mastered by this time besides basic manners and not acting out or bullying?
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