About the Author:

Marlyn James Marlyn James was the early childhood program director and the education department chair at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. With more than 30 years in the early childhood field, Marlyn worked as a preschool teacher and center director and with infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. Marlyn presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels. She held a master's degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College.

Marlyn James, MA 's Books

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  • Focused Observations, Second Edition: How to Observe Young Children for Assessment and Curriculum Planning

    Authors: Gaye Gronlund, MA, Marlyn James MA, Gaye Gronlund

    Product Code:
    541068 (Book and CD Set)
    542515 (e-book)
    978-1-60554-106-8 (Book and CD Set)
    978-1-60554-251-5 (e-book)
    Age Focus: 2-6

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    Intentional teaching begins with focused observations and systematic documentation of children's learning and development. Focused Observations, Second Edition, explains why observation is one of the best methods to get to know each child well, track progress, and plan individualized curriculum. It also provides tools and techniques to help you strengthen your observations, create portfolios with rich documentation, and support each child. You will also learn how to share your findings with families and grow as an observer through review and reflection activities.

    Softbound: 232 pages and CD-ROM with over 79 minutes of video

  • Description & More Details

    Read the Table of Contents and a sample chapter.

    One of the few staff development books on early learning standards, this resource will assist directors and trainers in guiding early childhood staff to fulfill learning standards—without compromising best practices. Written by respected consultants Gaye Gronlund and Marlyn James, it includes activities for reflecting on issues, such as how much teachers should direct each type of classroom activity, and helps staff developers assist teachers in strengthening their observation and documentation skills.

    A DVD features vignettes of the observation exercises and a CD-ROM offers PowerPointâ„¢ training aids and activity handouts.

    208 pages

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