As you are listening and watching children remotely take quick “jog notes.” These are notes that will “jog” your memory later in the day when you have time to input student data into WSO (Work Sampling Online). Remember, notes are based on observations of children. They provide positive, factual, rich, and comprehensive information.
Use matrices as you would in the classroom. Once you teach a small group lesson you can assess in small group or individual sessions. Once you have assessed all the students that you need for that indicator, you can input your documentation in WSO. Create matrices ahead of time for the activities you have planned.
Have parents take photos of students in action or short videos. They can upload and send to you. You can decide if you are able to use the photo. Remember you can upload the photo or write it as a note. You can also screen shot the children and upload to WSO.
Have parents take short videos of student and send to you. For example, you can act out or show videos of nursery rhymes such as “Little Miss Muffet” during small or large group. Ask parents to send in videos of their child reenacting the nursery rhyme.
You can screen shot the work sample and label what they said and upload to WSO. Choose work samples intentionally to acquire information that you need about each child. For example, have children write his/her name in salt and have parents take a picture. Read stories to students and have them retell the story during individual time by drawing a picture.
You will still need to complete a checklist on every student. As stated earlier, focus on Math and Language first. If you are able to gather other documentation in other domains that is a bonus. You will need to rate every indicator if possible even if you don’t have documentation. If you have not observed the indicator you can mark DNO (Did Not Observe). Use your class profile report to help you decide what indicators you need to plan for instruction and observation in the upcoming weeks.
Family Conferences/Narrative Summary
Family conferences may be done virtually or by phone. Make sure parents/guardians have a copy of the narrative summary prior to the meeting. Remember that we want to always start with a positive and then let parents know what areas we want to continue to work on with the child. Suggest ways to extend the child’s learning at home. Always end with a positive specific statement about the child. If possible include observational notes that the child said or did in the narrative summary. Individualize the narrative summary and show how the child demonstrates the skills.