"Children look closely at the details that adults take for granted and don't pay attention to any more," writes Deb Curtis in the book, Really Seeing Children. "We are quick to assign a label or meaning to what we see. General information such as 'they loved playing with the water' doesn’t give us much to engage with to deepen the teaching and learning process. Capturing the specific details of what you hear and see, documenting with a clipboard and pen, sketch, tape recorder or camera can help you learn more about individual children and see the complexity of the unfolding moments. You also get ideas about additional things to offer to extend their interest for further learning."
"Really Seeing Children shifts the perspective of observing children from a dull, burdensome activity that’s done to meet assessment requirements to a delightful, invigorating, thought-provoking experience where educators can’t wait to document and share the stories of amazing children. This book expands the early education field’s view of the value of the everyday moments in children’s lives and refines adults’ abilities to see the development that occurs in children’s play, relationships, and their environment."
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