A Portrait of 'Norm'
To complete this assignment successfully, you should:
Directions: Please write a generalized description or portrait of the developmental strengths and characteristics of the age students you teach. Address each area of the PEPSI model specifically-- physical, emotional, philosophical, social and intellectual development. If you wish, you may also include the language or literacy and mathematical developmental abilities that you typically see, though it may take courage to be clear about what the general student ability is, rather than reflecting the curriculum expectations. If you see a large gender difference in your grade level, please provide background about the expectations for boys and how they differ from the portrait of girls.
If you are not teaching at this time, find a youngster you know - relative, sibling, friend's child, and try the exercise with them.
There are several observation charts to sharpen your skills in recognizing and quantifying different PEPSI elements in the classroom. You can access these by clicking on the appropriate letter in the chart that follows. For each area of development, there is a chart that can be printed out and used to observe student behaviors, and then a reflection piece that may enhance your insights.
Observation and Reflection