Key features of Time Sampling:
- Focuses on one child's movement throughout the classroom (though could be done for multiple children if desired)
- Looks at a specific child in 10-15 minute increments
- Quick notes about what the child is doing at each check-in point
- Set a timer to go off every 10-15 minutes. When the timer goes off make a note of what the child is doing at that time.
When Time Sampling is useful:
- When you want to track movement throughout the classroom
- Forces you to keep track of a child's movement between classroom areas and activities
- Provides information around a child's ability to focus or stay on task
- When you want to better understand a child's interests
- For those kids that seem to "float" through the day
Sample Time Sampling:
10:00am: Leila is drawing at the table
10:15am: Leila is building in the block area with Oliver.
10:30am: Leila is building in the block area alone.
10:45am: Leila is drawing at the table with Oliver.
11:00am: Leila is reading a book in the cozy corner.