The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching (Merrill Education/Redleaf Press College Textbook)

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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.

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 Discover a new way to be with children

The key to observing children, state authors Deb Curtis and Margie Carter in The Art of Awareness, is using observation as more than just a teaching technique.  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.

Observant teachers will find more than techniques for wtching or taking notes about children--they will discover a different way of being with children.

Featuring nine Observation Study Sessions, The Art of Awareness offers ideas, activities, and experiences--much more than just a set of checklists and facts to learn.  Chapters cover seven different aspects of children's lives and how to observe them, as well as tips for gathering and preparing documentation.

Observation requires a committment to systematic study and ongoing practice, write Curtis and Carter.  The Art of Awareness is an inspiring and practical look at how to see the children in your care--and how to see what they see.

About the Author:

Deb Curtis has been teaching and caring for children since 1969, and she has been training teachers for over 20 years.  Now teaching in a community college, she has also been a Head Start Education Coordinator, and she has served as the Vice President for Professional Development for her state AEYC affiliate.  She recently returned to the classroom to be a part-time preschool teacher again.

Margie Carter writes a column in Child Care Information Exchange and has contributed to several books and videos.  She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a preschool teacher, and a child care center director.  She has an M.A. from Pacific Oaks College and serves on the adjunct faculty there.

Both Deb Curtis and Margie Carter travel extensively to conduct seminars on their work and have been active in professional organizations, including CDA, NAEYC accreditation, and the Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias Leadership in Education Project.  The Art of Awareness is their fifth book together.

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