begins with focused observations and systematic
documentation of children’s learning and development. This book explains
why observation is one of the best methods to get to know each child
of children in
well, track progress, and plan individualized curriculum. It also provides
tools and techniques to help you strengthen your observations, document
opportunities in time-efficient ways, create portfolios with rich documentation, and
support each child. You will also learn how to share your findings with
observation families and grow as an observer through review and reflection activities.
techniques. Learn answers to common questions about observation, including
• Why should I use observation in my classroom?
• What does effective observation and documentation look like?
• How do I fit in observation and documentation so that it doesn’t take
away from teaching and interacting with children?
• How does the observation process work with early learning guidelines?
Gaye Gronlund is an early childhood
consultant who trains educators,
administrators, and policy makers across
the country. She is a well-known keynote
speaker and staff development presenter
and the author of six Redleaf Press
books. Gaye holds a master’s degree
in adult learning and early childhood
education. Marlyn James is the early childhood
program director and the education
department chair at Flathead Valley
Community College in Kalispell, Montana.
She presents at local, state, and national
conferences and coauthored Early Learning
Standards and Staff Development with
Gaye Gronlund. Marlyn holds a master’s
degree in human development.