Observation Practice #2: What Can You Learn by Observing a
Child? Purpose: To identify what can be learned by observing a child
engaged in a longer play experience.
What to Do: Watch Video Clip #2 of a two-year-old boy, a three-
and-one-half-year-old girl, and a teacher engaged in dramatic play.
Focus on the two-year-old boy.
Guiding Questions: After viewing, generate a list of the capabilities,
skills, social interactions, personality traits, and behaviors that you
observed him demonstrating. In addition, consider these questions:
• Were you surprised at how much you learned in a longer
observation? • If you had a history with either of these children, do you
think you would have seen things differently? In what ways?
• What curriculum plans might you make based on what you
learned? Be prepared to share with others the list you made about this boy as
well as your thoughts about the questions above.
Reflection Purpose: To reflect on how observation affects adults’ relationships
What to Do: Think about a time in your life when you learned
something special about a child. Then discuss or write about these
questions: • What factors were present that allowed you to learn about
• Did observing the child contribute to your learning about
him or her? In what situations did you observe this child?