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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.
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
|A Personal Look at Observation||p. 2|
|Beyond a Set of Skills: Observing as an Attitude of Openness||p. 6|
|What Lies Ahead||p. 8|
|Using Observation To Build Relationships||p. 11|
|Getting to Know Each Child||p. 13|
|Respecting and Appreciating Children||p. 17|
|Connecting with Children||p. 21|
|Fostering Children's Competence and Success||p. 23|
|You As Observer||p. 31|
|What You Bring to Observing||p. 32|
|Striving for Objectivity||p. 42|
|Guidelines For Effective Observation||p. 55|
|Observe Over Time||p. 56|
|Watch Children in Varied Situations||p. 58|
|Keep Track of What You Observe||p. 61|
|Observe In and Out of the Action||p. 62|
|Becoming a Skilled Observer||p. 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 Learn||p. 93|
|Revisiting the Practice of Observation||p. 93|
|Making Your Program Responsive to Children||p. 97|
|Responding to Individuals and the Group||p. 103|
|Getting Started: Observing Every Day||p. 143|
|Tips for Getting Started||p. 143|
|Reflect on the Rewards of Observing||p. 147|
|Make Observing Part of Your Daily Routine||p. 149|
|Closing Thoughts||p. 151|
|Appendix A: The Power Of Learning With Others: A Study Guide||p. 155|
|Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questions||p. 177|
|Author Biographies||p. 193|
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