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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.

The authors share their own experiences, and those of many others, to illustrate how observation helps teachers and caregivers become more effective in the child care center, preschool, family child care home, and elementary classroom. They offer guidelines for effective observation and specific strategies to help you refine your skills and make observation an integral part of your teaching.

This second edition includes expanded guidance on applying what you learn from observation to your daily practices. It also features a new study guide that is informed by recommendations from the many university and community college professors who use the book as a textbook for their courses.

We are pleased that the National Association for the Education of Young Children has chosen to make this book a 2007 Comprehensive Member Benefit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879537361
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Jablon is an experienced classroom teacher, author, and staff development specialist. She spent 12 years in the classroom teaching grades one through four, and holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the Bank Street College of Education. Ms. Jablon is a nationally recognized expert on early childhood assessment. She has worked on major school reform projects with the South Carolina Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Education. She is a co-author of The Work Sampling System and The Power of Observation

Amy Laura Dombro is the author of numerous articles and books on infant/toddler and family child care. She has extensive experience training Head Start and child care staff, and consults for national organizations. Ms. Dombro was a member of the advisory committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers that guided the design of the new Early Head Start program. She began her professional career by serving for eight years as the director of the Bank Street Infant and Family Center, and holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the Bank Street College of Education.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword vii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

A Personal Look at Observation 2

Beyond a Set of Skills: Observing as an Attitude of Openness 6

What Lies Ahead 8

Chapter 2 Using Observation To Build Relationships 11

Getting to Know Each Child 13

Respecting and Appreciating Children 17

Connecting with Children 21

Fostering Children's Competence and Success 23

Chapter 3 You As Observer 31

What You Bring to Observing 32

Striving for Objectivity 42

Chapter 4 Guidelines For Effective Observation 55

Observe Over Time 56

Watch Children in Varied Situations 58

Keep Track of What You Observe 61

Observe In and Out of the Action 62

Chapter 5 Becoming a Skilled Observer 65

What Do I Want to Find Out? 66

When and Where Should I Observe? 69

How Do I Record What I Observe? 71

How Do I Organize the Information I Collect? 84

Chapter 6 Using What You Learn 93

Revisiting the Practice of Observation 93

Making Your Program Responsive to Children 97

Responding to Individuals and the Group 103

Chapter 7 Getting Started: Observing Every Day 143

Tips for Getting Started 143

Reflect on the Rewards of Observing 147

Make Observing Part of Your Daily Routine 149

Closing Thoughts 151

Appendix A: The Power Of Learning With Others: A Study Guide 155

Appendix B: Frequently Asked Questions 177

Resources 187

References 191

Author Biographies 193

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