The Center for Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce the release of Observing Young Children, an educational video that discusses the importance of careful observation in the early childhood classroom. Dr. Sudha Swaminathan of Eastern Connecticut State University describes different types of observations in the early childhood classroom and how to plan observations to get the most useful results. In addition, four early childhood teachers discuss their use of formal and informal observation strategies to identify the individual strengths and needs of children and to plan instruction.
The video is the fifth in the e-clips series of educational videos for early childhood professionals. Each e-clip features an expert describing how early childhood professionals can use the latest research to enhance children's learning, and includes video footage from Eastern's preschool classrooms. Supplementing each e-clip are suggested readings, additional on-line resources, and discussion questions to support conversations within instructional teams, in staff meetings, or in college-level courses.
To read more about the e-clips project and to view the videos and supplemental materials, go to: http://www.easternct.edu/cece/e-clips_main.html.