Deb Curtis and
Discover a new way to be with children
The key to observing children, state authors Deb Curtis and Margie Carter in The Art of Awareness, is
using observation as more than just a teaching technique. Observing children closely provides a new
way of thinking about learning and teaching, a way of making children visible as they are, not just as
we want them to be.
Observant teachers will find more than techniques for watching or taking notes about children—
they will discover a different way of being with children.
Featuring nine Observation Study Sessions, The Art of Awareness offers ideas, activities, and experi-
ences—much more than just a set of checklists and facts to learn. Chapters cover seven different
aspects of children’s lives and how to observe them, as well as tips for gathering and preparing
Observation requires a commitment to systematic study and ongoing practice, write Curtis and
Carter. The Art of Awareness is an inspiring and practical look at how to see the children in your
care—and how to see what they see.
About the Authors
Deb Curtis has been teaching and caring for children since 1969, and has been
training teachers for over twenty years. She is a community college instructor,
and previously was a Head Start education coordinator and served as the vice
president for professional development for her state AEYC affiliate. She returned
to the classroom to be a part-time preschool teacher again.
Margie Carter writes a regular column in Child Care Information Exchange
and has contributed to several books and videos. She has worked as an elemen-
tary school teacher, a preschool teacher, and a child care center director. She has an MA from Pacific
Oaks College and serves on the adjunct faculty there.
Both Margie Carter and Deb Curtis travel extensively to conduct seminars on their work, and
have been active in professional organizations, including CDA, NAEYC accreditation, and the
Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias Leadership Project. The Art of Awareness is their fifth book together.
Their other books—The Visionary Director: A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in
Your Center; Training Teachers: A Harvest of Theory and Practice; Spreading the News: Sharing the Stories
of Early Childhood Education; and Reflecting Children’s Lives: A Handbook for Planning Child-Centered
Curriculum—have become standard texts in the field of early childhood education.
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