By observing and recording children's literacy development, teachers also develop new understandings of the ways children think and learn. Ultimately, through kidwatching, teachers plan curriculum and instruction that are tailored to individual strengths and needs. Gretchen Owocki and Yetta Goodman have written a book that will serve as a professional development tool as well as a kidwatching handbook.
GRETCHEN OWOCKI is an associate professor at Saginaw Valley State University, where she teaches courses in early literacy, reading, and teacher research. Owocki and her family enjoy life on their Michigan farm and playing with their dog JR, who is pictured here.Yetta Goodman is credited with popularizing the concept of kidwatching. She is Regents Professor at the University of Arizona College of Educations Division of Language, Reading, and Culture. A book of her writings, Notes from A Kidwatcher: Selected Writings of YETTA M. GOODMAN, was edited by Sandra Wilde and published by Heinemann in 1996. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University.