It was lunchtime and I was very preoccupied rounding up the 10 one-year-olds I work with to get hands washed, bibs on, and everyone in chairs ready to eat,” writes Deb Curtis in her popular book, Really Seeing Children. “Through the chaos and noise I had been practicing suspending my adult agenda, even for just one second, to look closely and delight in the many moments unfolding before my eyes. I carry my camera in my pocket to record and revisit the moment when I have more time. When I saw Hannah looking at herself in the mirror, I snapped [a] photo.
In the midst of this busy lunch routine I was reminded of the deeper significance of my work. As I study the details of the photo, I can see that Hannah sees herself and this moment in her life as extraordinary. Her own image reflected back to her in the mirror brings her absolute pleasure. When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror this way? Can you remember why you stopped? If we still looked at ourselves and each other in this way it could transform how we live together.”
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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