Pub. Date:
Redleaf Press
The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching / Edition 2

The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching / Edition 2

by Deb Curtis, Margie Carter


View All Available Formats & Editions
Current price is , Original price is $44.95. You
Select a Purchase Option (Second Edition)
  • purchase options
    $29.89 $44.95 Save 34% Current price is $29.89, Original price is $44.95. You Save 34%.
  • purchase options


The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching / Edition 2

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 you learn to observe in new ways. You’ll witness children’s remarkable competencies as they experience childhood, and find new joy in your work with children.

This book includes
Ten study sessions to help you advance your skills and practice observing children from different points of view
Stories, photographs, and classroom reflections modeling the ways observation can be used and displayed in your own teaching
Activities to help you notice and appreciate what you see
New ideas and strategies to organize your observations, share them with colleagues and families, and apply them to planning and assessment processes
Emphasis on cultural awareness, observing through an objective lens, and using technology as an observation tool

By learning the art and skill of observation, you can change your teaching for the better.

Deb Curtis and Margie Carter are popular presenters at early childhood conferences, professional development speakers, and on-site consultants. They have written several books together, including Learning Together with Young Children and Designs for Living and Learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605540863
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 135,023
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Deb Curtis: Deb Curtis is an experienced infant/toddler caregiver, preschool and school-age child care teacher, CDA trainer, Head Start education coordinator, college instructor, and assistant director of a child care program. Deb now works directly with children in classroom settings. She holds a master's degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College.

Margie Carter: Margie Carter is an experienced preschool, kindergarten, and primary school teacher; curriculum developer; High/Scope trainer; child care director; and college instructor. In the last decade, Margie has focused her attention on working with directors to develop strong administrative systems that support reflective teaching. Margie holds a master's degree in human development and leadership from Pacific Oaks College.

Together, Margie Carter and Deb Curtis have designed and taught college-level classes, worked side by side with classroom teachers, produced professional development videos, and coauthored seven Redleaf Press books. They cofounded Harvest Resources in 1994 as a partnership to inspire early care providers and educators to engage fully in their own learning. They are regular writers for Child Care Information Exchange and contributors to other publications. Deb and Margie travel extensively across North America, Australia, and New Zealand to teach and to consult with early childhood programs.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 A New Way of Being with Children: 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 How Children Use Their Senses

Chapter 5 Study Session: Observing How Children Explore, Invent, and Construct

Chapter 6 Study Session: Observing How Children Connect with the Natural World

Chapter 7 Study Session: Observing How Children Seek Power, Drama, and Adventure

Chapter 8 Study Session: Observing Children's Eagerness Toward Representation and Literacy

Chapter 9 Study Session: Observing How Children Form Relationships and Negotiate Conflict

Chapter 10 Study Session: Observing Children with Their Families

Chapter 11 Using Your Observations

Chapter 12 Getting Organized to Make Childhood Valued

Chapter 13 Making Observations Visible

Sample Documentation Displays


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks uncomfortable, then says, "Can I think about it awile?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yes. When you choose go to Amori res.4 my den."