The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching
1 Jan 2012
The art of observing children is more than merely the act of watching them--it is also using what you see and hear to craft new opportunities in your classroom. This resource provides a wealth of inspiration and practice. It will help you learn to observe in new ways. You'll witness children's remarkable competencies as they experience childhood, and find new joy in your work with children. This book includesTen study sessions to help you advance your skills and practice observing children from different points of viewStories, photographs, and classroom reflections modeling the ways observation can be used and displayed in your own teachingActivities to help you notice and appreciate what you seeNew ideas and strategies to organize your observations, share them with colleagues and families, and apply them to planning and assessment processesEmphasis on cultural awareness, observing through an objective lens, and using technology as an observation tool By learning the art and skill of observation, you can change your teaching for the better.Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are popular presenters at early childhood conferences, professional development speakers, and on-site consultants. They have written several books together, including "Learning Together with Young Children" and "Designs for Living and Learning."