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Teachers and Children Learning Together Part 2

October 26, 2017 | No Comments

According to Gretchen Reynolds and Elizabeth Jones: “Observation can be used not only as the basis of information about individual children and the building of a classroom community, but also as the place from which teachers can begin to engage in the dialogic process of reflection, hypothesis building, and planning” (13). Similarly, we discovered that […]

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Teachers and Children Learning Together Part 1

October 22, 2017 | No Comments

The Discussion that Followed: The teachers noted some of the difficulties in the process. Taking such specific observation notes is not necessarily an intuitive process. Traci said, “It was hard. You had to consciously think about observing and just take the time to do it…it’s hard to get everything down on paper.” Jason agreed, “Written […]

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Observation Dialogue: Child Care in a Learning Community Part 2

October 18, 2017 | No Comments

Naming the Observation from the Child’s Perspective: Abraham: 3 years 10 mths Traci names her observation: “Looking for a spot in the group…trying to find a way to get into the group.” Abraham stays on the outskirts of a group overhearing their play…hangs around then begins a copying activity, miming and following Chris…Abraham continues to […]

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Observation Dialogue: Child Care in a Learning Community

October 13, 2017 | No Comments

As a veteran early childhood educator and masters student, I invited my co- teachers to participate in a project of observation and dialogue. I work in an accredited, multiage children’s center in Burlington Vermont. Our focus on emergent curriculum endeavors to construct learning experiences around questions and discoveries explored through children’s play and engagement in […]

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