Study Session: Learning to See 25
We do not really see through our eyes or hear through our ears, but
through our beliefs. To put our beliefs on hold is to cease to exist as
ourselves for a moment.
Learning Goals for This Study Session
In this study session, you will
reflect on your own mental filters and how they influence your
distinguish the difference between descriptions and interpretations
recognize the components of observation skills
practice seeing the details of an observation
explore flexible thinking with perception exercises
Reflect on the Quote
When learning to observe, we have to begin by examining our own experi-
ences and perspectives. Reread the Lisa Delpit quote above, and think about
1 What does “seeing through our beliefs” mean to you?
2 What experiences does it remind you of?
3 How do you think this idea relates to your work with children?
You can reflect on this on your own or discuss it with a partner or small
group. You might want to use the responses below from other teachers to
spark or extend your thinking.
I think this quote means we all like to be right and in control and that it is
really hard to let go of our way of seeing and doing things. Sometimes my
coteacher and I really disagree about the different ways we handle children’s
conflicts. When we try to talk about it, we are very defensive. I think we have
to find a way to talk together with the understanding that we all have our own
point of view and experience. We shouldn’t start out thinking one of us is right
and one is wrong. We need to find ways to have more open conversations.
—Jill, toddler teacher