Intentional teaching begins with focused observations and systematic documentation of children's learning and development. Focused Observations (Second Edition) explains why observation is one of the best methods to track progress and plan individualised curriculum. It also provides tools and techniques to help you strengthen your observations, create portfolios with rich documentation and support each child. You will also learn how to share your findings with families and grow as an observer through review and reflection activities. Learn answers to common questions about observation, including:
- What does effective observation and documentation look like?
- How do I fit observation in so that it doesn't take away from teaching and interacting with children?
- How do observation and documentation work with early learning curriculum and assessment guidelines?
Book includes an interactive CD-ROM with nineteen video vignettes of children in action provide opportunities to practice observing children and capturing what you see.
"..When you observe, the activities you plan will be more successful. You will be aware of the children's strengths, weaknesses, interests, and passions. You will choose materials and projects that engage the children for longer periods. Then you will be able to observe them even more because they will stay with an activity longer. Observation is at the heart of best early childhood practices in both assessment and curriculum planning. You watch children in order to assess their development, but at the same time, you make adjustments in the activities, routine, and amount of adult support and interaction you provide. These two processes, assessment and curriculum planning, are completely integrated; you can't separate the two.." - Gaye Gronlund.