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The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching, Third Edition
Deb Curtis and Margie Carter
Redleaf Press / Softcover / Jun 2022
9781605547305 (ISBN-10: 1605547301)
Early Childhood Education
price: $62.50 (may be subject to change)
304 pages
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With new chapters and updates from early childhood leaders Deb Curtis and Margie Carter invite early childhood educators to learn the art and skill of observation.

The art of observing children is more than merely the act of watching them--it is also using what you see and hear to craft new opportunities in your classroom. This resource provides a wealth of inspiration and practice. It will help early childhood educators learn to observe in new ways, witness children's remarkable competencies as they experience childhood, and find new joy in their work with children.

The third edition updates include

• New information on schema theory including a list of the definitions of schemas
• Updated stories that reflect schema explorations and focus on observing children's ability to get along
• Added information on identity development and the anti-bias goals
• New chapter on observing children using their bodies
• New QR codes to videos to continue learning
• Updates on technology and approaches to keeping observations at the center of required assessments

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: A New Way of Being with Children: An Overview of the Study Sessions
Chapter 2: Study Session: Learning to See
Chapter 3: Study Session: Observing for Children's Perspectives
Chapter 4: Study Session: Observing Children's Lively Minds
Chapter 5: Study Session: Observing How Children Use Their Senses
Chapter 6: Study Session: Observing How Children Seek Challenge and Risk through Active Play
Chapter 7: Study Session: Observing How Children Explore, Invent, and Construct
Chapter 8: Study Session: Observing How Children Connect with the Natural World
Chapter 9: Study Session: Observing How Children Seek Power, Drama, and Adventure
Chapter 10: Study Session: Observing Children's Eagerness for Drawing, Symbolic Representation, and Literacy
Chapter 11: Study Session: Observing How Children Form Relationships and Negotiate Conflict
Chapter 12: Study Session: Observing Children with Their Families
Chapter 13: Getting Organized to Observe and Study Your Documentation
Chapter 14: Using and Sharing Your Observations with Others
Chapter 15: Using Observations for Planning and Assessment
Additional Resources

About the Authors:

Margie Carter's speaking and consulting work as a teacher educator has her traveling throughout North America and New Zealand. With social justice as a lens, she is concerned about play as an equity issue, cultural and linguistic democracy, and uplifting the leadership, respect, and compensation of a diverse body of educators.

Deb Curtis is a passionate advocate for children and the adults who care for and educate them. She has spent over forty-five years working with children and teachers in early childhood programs throughout North American and is dedicated to learning meaningful anti-bias, anti-racist teaching practices with young children to help create a kinder, more equitable world.

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