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Power of Observation for Birth Through Eight



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The Power of Observation explores the vital connection between observation and effective teaching. Much more than a set of skills, observation is a mind-set of openness and wonder that helps teachers and caregivers learn more about each child in their care. The link between observation and relationship building is an important theme of this book.

Author Biography

Judy Jablon, M.S., is a nationally recognized educator and author with more than 30 years of experience in early childhood and primary education. Originally a teacher, Judy is grounded in theory and practice that emphasize child development, observation, critical thinking, and experiential learning. In her role as early childhood consultant, Judy provides facilitation, leadership coaching, and training to a wide range of educational institutions and agencies. She has co-authored numerous publications, most recently Teaching Strategies' new DVD The Creative Curriculum for Preschool in Action! Amy Laura Dombro, M.S., is author of numerous articles and books for teachers and families of babies and toddlers. Former head of the Infant and Family Center at Bank Street College of Education, Amy works with national organizations and community leaders to create tools for change. This may involve "translating" information so it is engaging and easy to use, or documenting the story of a change initiative and lessons learned. She is an author of Teaching Strategis' Caring for Infants and Toddlers. Margo L. Dichtelmiller, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University where her interests include assessing young children, integrating standards in early childhood teaching, and working with diverse families. She is a developer of the Work Sampling System; an author of The Ounce Scale (an infant-toddler assessment) User's Guide; and a consultant working with Head Start programs, state-funded preschool programs, and state departments of education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
A Personal Look at Observationp. 2
Beyond a Set of Skills: Observing as an Attitude of Opennessp. 6
What Lies Aheadp. 8
Using Observation To Build Relationshipsp. 11
Getting to Know Each Childp. 13
Respecting and Appreciating Childrenp. 17
Connecting with Childrenp. 21
Fostering Children's Competence and Successp. 23
You As Observerp. 31
What You Bring to Observingp. 32
Striving for Objectivityp. 42
Guidelines For Effective Observationp. 55
Observe Over Timep. 56
Watch Children in Varied Situationsp. 58
Keep Track of What You Observep. 61
Observe In and Out of the Actionp. 62
Becoming a Skilled Observerp. 65
What Do I Want to Find Out?p. 66
When and Where Should I Observe?p. 69
How Do I Record What I Observe?p. 71
How Do I Organize the Information I Collect?p. 84
Using What You Learnp. 93
Revisiting the Practice of Observationp. 93
Making Your Program Responsive to Childrenp. 97
Responding to Individuals and the Groupp. 103
Getting Started: Observing Every Dayp. 143
Tips for Getting Startedp. 143
Reflect on the Rewards of Observingp. 147
Make Observing Part of Your Daily Routinep. 149
Closing Thoughtsp. 151
Appendix A: The Power Of Learning With Others: A Study Guidep. 155
Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questionsp. 177
Resourcesp. 187
Referencesp. 191
Author Biographiesp. 193
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