"It was a beautiful fall day and the playground was alive with the activity of children and teachers engaged in play. A teacher was watching the children in the sand box when Charlie approached her and asked a simple question: 'Are you happy?' The teacher, curious and a bit surprised by the question, replied: 'Yes, of course I am.' Charlie responded with all the wisdom of a four-year-old: 'Then you should tell your face that.'
"Charlie reminds us in this startling moment that children have laser-like attention for everything we do and say. They are skilled social scientists, learning about themselves, relationships and the world by carefully observing the people around them." So writes Deb Curtis in her new book, Really Seeing Children.
Curtis goes on to encourage us to think carefully about how children might be seeing us in all circumstances... and what conclusions they may be drawing.
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Really Seeing Children helps adults leave behind their own preoccupations so they can be fully present for children. Deb Curtis, in her more than 40 years as an early childhood educator, has cultivated a reflective teaching practice devoted to really seeing children.
Through her collection of stories and photographs, learn to suspend your adult agenda to really see children's perspectives and the amazing ways they experience the world. Taking up this practice will bring joy and deeper understanding to your work and life and allow you to engage with children in a more meaningful teaching and learning process.
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I love this concept. I am a member of a "Reggio Emilia" Facebook group. Yesterday a member posted an article she had written about learning how children see her. She had all of the children take photographs over a period of time because she wanted to see how they saw things. She was surprised by the photos of her as she was never smiling! It caused her to be more conscious of smiling. An unexpected and powerful outcome!