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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 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. —Lisa Delpit Learning Goals for This Study Session In this study session, you will • reflect on your own mental filters and how they influence your perceptions • • • • 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 these questions: 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 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL