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Observing Young Children

E-Clips Video Series 

Early childhood teachers observe children throughout the day for a variety of purposes. In e-clip #5, Dr. Sudha Swaminathan of Eastern Connecticut State University discusses various types of observations in the early childhood classroom and how to plan observations to get the most useful results. Four early childhood teachers also describe their use of formal and informal observation strategies to identify the individual strengths and needs of children and to plan instruction.

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    1. What are my current observational practices? What percentage of my observations are spontaneous vs. planned?
    2. What are some ways I can build planned observation into my daily routine?
    3. How do I use the information I gather through observation? What other ways might I use the information?
    4. What do I currently use to document my observations? What other tools can I use to make my observations more useful?
  • Executive Producer: Julia DeLapp
    Producer/Director: Dr. Denise Matthews
    Production Coordinator: Ken Measimer
    Student Production Assistant: Kerin Jaros-Dressler
    Content Expert: Dr. Sudha Swaminathan
    Featured Teachers: Sofia Cortez-Gomez, Patricia Gardner, Nancy Hines, Kathy Piquette
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