Author and teacher-researcher Deb Curtis shares about the meaningful and empowering process of choosing to slow down, and really observe children. In a busy day full of action, the decision to stop and observe provides enrichment, information, and inspiration. Observe the details of children’s competence. Reflect on your own habitual response or reaction, and try to take a different point of view. Imagine the situation from the child’s perspective. From there, make a choice about what role you want to take. This intentional practice of pausing, observing, and reflecting supports both children and teachers alike.

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