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Title:
The art of awareness : how observation can transform your teaching
Author:
Curtis, Deb.
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Publication Information:
St. Paul, MN. : Redleaf Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xvii, 173 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781884834844
Format :
Book

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Central Library LB1027.28 .C87 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Summary

Observing children closely provides a new way of thinking about learning and teaching, a way of making children visible as they are, not just as we want them to be. Featuring nine Observation Study Sessions, this book offers ideas, activities, and experiences, as opposed to just a set of checklists and facts to learn. Chapters cover observing seven different aspects of children's lives as well as tips for gathering and preparing documentation. A full-color insert provides examples of documentation.


Author Notes

For more than 30 years, Margie Carter has worked in the early childhood field including positions as a preschool teacher, child care director, and college instructor. She and Deb Curtis have coauthored seven books, including Designs for Living and Learning. They speak to and consult with child care organizations across the U.S., Canada, and Australia.


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Library Journal Review

Curtis and Carter are early childhood experts who have both coauthored several books in the field of early childhood education. This book, their fifth together, is designed to offer ideas, activities, experiences, and practical strategies to help teachers and readers learn to value children of their individuality. The authors point out that one reason many current observation techniques fall short is that they ensure that each child is developing based on teaching techniques already in placeDrather than evolving those teaching techniques based on the development of each child. They truly believe that observation is more than just a teaching technique. Observing children provides a new way of thinking about learning and teaching, a way of making children visible just as they are, not just as teachers want them to be. The book is interspersed with photographs and observation stories, often with transcriptions of children's conversations. The text is easy to understand, and readers will find a list of resources for further study valuable. An inspiring and practical book for early childhood education; recommended for public and academic libraries.DSamuel T. Huang, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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