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Student Observations

Description

Observations should consider lighting, physical arrangement of natural environment(s), visual clutter, visual behaviors, tactual cues, student interactions with peers and adults, learning styles, access to media, classroom behaviors (on-task behaviors, note-taking skills, following classroom protocols) and other areas of the ECC.

IDEA 2004 (300.305,1, ii & iii, (c) i, ii) requires that in both the initial evaluation and as part of the re-evaluation (every three years) that teachers conduct current classroom-based observations. Draw upon information from a variety of sources, including aptitude and achievement tests, parent input, and teacher recommendations, as well as information about the child's physical condition, social or cultural background, and adaptive behavior. Ensure that information obtained from all of these sources is documented and carefully considered.

Birth - 3 Years

Routine-based observations in the natural environment assesses:

  • Lighting
  • Physical arrangement of natural environment(s)
  • Visual clutter
  • Visual behaviors
  • Learning styles
  • Access to media in home, caregivers, or classroom behaviors

3-5 Years

Observations assess:

  • Lighting
  • Physical arrangement of natural environment(s)
  • Visual clutter
  • Visual behaviors
  • Learning styles
  • Access to media
  • Classroom behaviors

5-22 Years

Observations assess:

  • Lighting
  • Physical arrangement of natural environment(s)
  • Visual clutter
  • Visual behaviors,
  • Learning styles,
  • Access to media,
  • Classroom behaviors

Multiple Disabilities/Deafblind

Routine-based Observations assess:

  • Lighting
  • Physical arrangement of natural environment(s)
  • Visual clutter
  • Visual behaviors,
  • Learning styles,
  • Access to media
  • Classroom behaviors

Tips

Plan ahead for the types of observations needed based on the individual student. Arrange times for the observation of the child/student based on the schedule. A formal template may be useful in prompting the TVI/COMS to collect the above information.

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