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    Objectivity is essential in assessment, yet no one is completely objective. Reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes in your interactions with young children. What do you detect that could hinder as well as aid your objectivity?
    Why is it important to use informal assessment methods, particularly with young children?
    Is there a place for formal assessment in the arena of the young child?

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    As you look at objectivity in assessment, you might note that "fair is not always equal" in terms of your outlook on objectivity. I feel that objectivity must be the goal but not always the norm, if that makes sense.

    As I reflect personally upon my own experiences of thoughts, feelings, and attitudes in my interactions with young children, I recognize that I do take each child's circumstances into consideration when instructing. I try to differentiate according to academic as well as emotional, special, linguistic, and socioeconomic. ...

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    This posting questions formal assessment in the arena of the young child.