In our lifespan development class, we have been learning how to asses a child’s functioning. Of course we needed some real kids to practice on!
Luckily two of our classmates had children under the age of 5, and were able to bring them into our class. One of the children was Ollie, a fun loving two and a half year old boy. His first action was to give everyone in the class an individual fruit loop. Then he climbed around under the desk. Eventually he decided to cooperate with our assessment. Eleanor, a 3 and a half year old girl, was also quite funny. As part of the assessment, she was asked, "What do you do when you are hungry?" Instead of saying "eat," she responded with, “I tell someone!”
One of my favorite things about this class is that we have students of all ages, who have children or varying ages, and we can talk about all of their experiences. Everyone brings their own experience and expertise to the class. It’s also cool to get the actual experience of working with children, plus they were incredibly cute!