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Seeing the Serious Intent of Children
September 5, 2018
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.
-Coco Chanel

Deb Curtis, in her book, Really Seeing Children, talks about how she solved her dilemma of having an over-abundance of photos of children. “For a while, I was taking so many photos I didn’t know what to do with them until I decided to use photos to tell stories of children and their work,” she writes. “While contemplating which photos to use for the stories, I discovered that if I studied them carefully, I could learn so much more about children’s ideas and points of view.

I’ve since been re-focusing the photos to highlight aspects I want to see more clearly. I crop the photos by cutting out the background, and then enlarge the elements I want to emphasize…When you examine these elements, you can clearly see the intelligence, skill, and serious intent children bring to their work.”

Really Seeing Children

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Educators have the opportunity to slow down, observe, delight, and practice really seeing children every day. In her new book, Really Seeing Children, Deb Curtis offers a wealth of ideas to help teachers and parents see with fresh eyes.

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