Focused Observations: How to Observe Children for Assessment and Curriculum Planning

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Give teachers the tools to watch, listen, and learn! Focused Observations provides a comprehensive introduction to observation in the early childhood classroom. Six chapters detail classroom-tested observation techniques that allow teachers to understand children’s behavior, assess children’s development, and develop curriculum that addresses children’s capabilities and passions. Ideal for pre-service or practicing teachers, Focused Observations also contains discussion questions, observation practice exercises, ...

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Overview

Give teachers the tools to watch, listen, and learn! Focused Observations provides a comprehensive introduction to observation in the early childhood classroom. Six chapters detail classroom-tested observation techniques that allow teachers to understand children’s behavior, assess children’s development, and develop curriculum that addresses children’s capabilities and passions. Ideal for pre-service or practicing teachers, Focused Observations also contains discussion questions, observation practice exercises, and reflection assignments.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781929610716
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Gaye Gronlund is an early childhood education consultant and trains early childhood educators across the country on topics ranging from observation and assessment to understanding and meeting state education standards. She holds a master's degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College with a specialization in early childhood education and teaching adults. Marlyn James is an education/early childhood professor at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why observe children? 1
Ch. 2 How do you do observation well? 17
Ch. 3 How do you fit in observation? 39
Ch. 4 How do you observe for assessment? 59
Ch. 5 How do you use observation for curriculum planning? 95
Ch. 6 How do you build a case about a child? 121
Ch. 7 How do you continue to grow as an observer? 135
App Professional recommendations from the field of early childhood education 151
App Using Focused observations as a training tool 157
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