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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Why Observe Children? • How did the relationship change as you got to know the child better? • Did learning about the child help you understand the child’s motivations? Finding Your Observation Style Purpose: To discover what you already know about observation and documentation, and what you want to learn more about. What to Do: Begin an ongoing journal in which you record your answers to questions posed throughout this book. Here are some questions to get you started. Spend a few minutes jotting down your responses to them. • What do you already know about observation and docu- mentation? Do you observe children in your work and life? What do you think you learn by observing children? • What are some reasons to observe children and document what they are doing and saying? • What are some questions you have about observation and documentation? What do you want to learn more about? • Why is documentation an important part of the observation process? COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 17