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Observation and Assessment

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Cup
A Vibrant Vessel of Learning and Creativity

EDITED by Ann Pelo and Margie Carter Construct. Transform. Collaborate. Imagine. Who would have thought exchanges between four-year-olds and simple plastic cups would result in such intricate, creative building designs? Who would have thought that cups could be the catalyst of inquiry and theory making, naturally entangling the discrete disciplines of math, science, literacy, and digital technology? Who would have thought that cups could break down social barriers and act as agents for inclusion and relationship building? Cup is a beautiful demonstration of creative representation, and is the first of many books coming soon in the Reimagining Our Work (ROW) collection. Use the ROW collection to discover how early childhood educators in the field are reimagining their work and thinking alongside children in this innovative collection of stories. Bridgette and Angela, two masterful teacher researchers, tell the story of an unexpected co-created project of investigation. Children pursue ideas of meaning and substance with educators' companionship and mentorship. And educators strive to understand and strengthen children's thinking about their pursuits. It is the story of co-constructed learning at its best—inspiring you to look for, and engage in, transformations of your own. "The story of the children, the educators, the families, and the cups embodies the conviction that education both requires and nurtures imagination, determination, vision, humility, experimentation, relationship, and listening. Bridgette, Angela, the children, and their families demonstrate the generosity, playfulness, and intellectual vitality of a community anchored by these qualities—a community alive with small acts of magic." – Ann Pelo and Margie Carter

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Art of Awareness, The
How Observation Can Transform Your Teacher

Author(s): Deb Curtis, Margie Carter (click on the author's name for more titles)

Featuring nine observation study sessions, this book offers ideas, activities and experiences. Chapters cover seven different aspects of children's lives and how to observe them, as well as tips for gathering and preparing documentation.

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RRP $69.95

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Balancing Brain Stimulation for Infants and Toddlers: Too Little? Too Much? Just Right! [cards]

Both over stimulation and under stimulation create stress in young developing brains. Balancing Brain Stimulation for Infants and Toddlers packets are designed to give early childhood education professionals simple brain development insights and ideas that assist in keeping the brains of young children balanced. Balancing Brain Stimulation for Infants and Toddlers offers suggestions for activities and interactions for a wide variety of situations throughout the day. They provide easy ways for caregivers to avoid either over stimulation or under stimulation of young children. Because stressed brains are not ready to learn creating balance leads to healthier brains and bodies and children that feel happier, calmer and ready to thrive. Ring Bound, 40 cards

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RRP $32.95

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Basics of Assessment
A Primer for Early Childhood Educators

Author(s): Deborah J Leong, Elena Bodrova, Oralie McAfee (click on the author's name for more titles)

This reader-friendly book will help increase understanding of child assessment, including its specialized and often confusing vocabulary. Focusing on children's development and learning, the authors provide an overview of basic assessment concepts. Speaking a shared language of assessment will help early childhood professionals communicate better with other teachers, specialists, administrators, and parents.

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RRP $59.95

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Eco Smart
A Sustainable Standard for Early Education

EcoSmart: A sustainable standard for early education will support your team on its journey to a more sustainable community with the introduction of concepts, actions and resources that will inspire the whole team. ECEEN believes experiences in our early years provide an opportunity for life-long learning and that our habits of future years will be influenced by the actions of those around us now. We believe the relationships fostered in children’s services between educators, children and families are the foundations of a caring, sustainable community to nurture ECEEN’s DREAM. ‘Together we must dream of a great place to live, a place that is fair and equitable, that values the Earth and all its life and resources for the present and for future generations. This revised edition of Eco Smart is very timely. The young children we educate today will be adults in the frontline when global warming exceeds a predicted 2 degree threshold. Critical reflection about how we work in early childhood services for sustainable futures for all children is an imperative. Aligned with the NQS, Eco Smart offers a comprehensive set of action points for urgent change across policy and practice in early childhood services. Dr Sue Elliott Course Coordinator BT(ECE), BEd(EC), BEd(ECT), BEd(ECP) & BEd Studies School of Education University of New England The strategies and actions in Eco Smart – A sustainable standard for early education are supporting Kids Uni CBD to move together with children, families and their local community to advocate and act for a sustainable world. Kellie Grose Children Services Manager, Kids’ Uni, UOW Pulse Ltd,

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Focused Observations - Second Edition, Includes CD-ROM
How to Observe Young Children for Assessment and Curriculum Planning, second edition

Author(s): Gaye Gronlund, Marlyn James (click on the author's name for more titles)

Learn the importance of and how to use observation in your early childhood classroom.

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. 

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Focused Portfolios
A Complete Assessment for the Young Child

Author(s): Bev Engel, Gaye Gronlund (click on the author's name for more titles)

An innovative method to accurately document children's growth and development by observing them in the midst of their everyday activities. Includes a complete introduction to the Focused Portfolio method, many step-by-step examples and all the necessary forms for portfolio collection.

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Focused Portfolios: A Complete Assessment for the Young Child, 2nd Edition

Focused Portfolios, Second Edition offers an innovative method to accurately document children's growth and development by observing them in the midst of their everyday activities. Used for years in programs across the country, this easy-to-use system has recently been updated to reflect current best practices in observation and assessment using portfolios, include information on apps and other digital tools to create portfolios for individual assessment and parent engagement, and incorporates individual state standards to develop portfolios that reflect the child's performance. 320 pages Available June 2019

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From Teaching to Thinking
A pedagogy for reimagining our work

From Teaching to Thinking conceptualizes professional learning as on-going and embedded pedagogical practice rather than out of the classroom, one-shot trainings and disparate workshops. Professional learning for educators that strengthens their development as thinkers, researchers, innovators, and constructors of knowledge. Professional learning for educators Contextual thinking about pedagogical practice Theory grounded with a thinking protocol An active reading format that blends theory, story, and practice Includes written reflective responses from Margie Carter Each chapter includes questions for practice for the reader to engage with Includes a special section of Voices from the Front Lines: anecdotal testimonies from educators who have indeed reimagined their own work using this outstanding new resource

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Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments
Creating, Supporting and Collaborating

What does it mean to inquire? Grownups would say it means to question, to search for information, or to finding out about a topic of interest. For children in an early childhood classroom, the definition is no different. From the time of their birth, children want to know how the world works and actively seek out information. How educators respond to their questions is what this book is all about. Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments takes an in-depth look at children’s inquiry. What does inquiry look like in early childhood settings? How does the environment affect children’s inquiries and teachers’ thought processes? Inquiry-Based Early Learning Environments examines inquiry in all its facets, including environments that support relationships, that create a culture of risk-taking in our thinking, that support teachers as well as children, that include families, that use documentation as a way of thinking about our work, and of course, the physical environment and all the objects and spaces within it. Throughout, stories about environments and approaches to inquiry from around the world are included as examples.

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Learning Pathways Book
Currently out of print

Author(s): Claire Warden (click on the author's name for more titles)

This book explores the methodology of the active learning approach. Full colour throughout it uses photographs to enable staff to 'visualise' effective organisation and quality provision required to enable active learning.

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Observing and Planning in Early Childhood Settings:
Using a Sociocultural Approach

Author(s): Carmel Richardson, Marilyn Fleer (click on the author's name for more titles)

With greater understanding of the effect of working with others in groups and acknowledgement of the impact of society and culture, a more holistic approach to learning is encouraged, rather than a focus on the individual.

The in-depth experience of the authors is reflected in their enthusiasm for this topic, and their challenge to others to undertake this journey.

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Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten

Author(s): Gaye Gronlund (click on the author's name for more titles)

Play is an important vehicle for learning in the early years. With intentional planning frameworks, Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten provides tools and strategies to organize and develop curriculum around high-level, purposeful play. Practical application techniques help you create a cycle of planning and observation as they use a play-based curriculum to help young children thrive in your classroom.

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Reflecting in Communities of Practice Available
A Workbook for Early Childhood Educators

Author(s): Deb Curtis, Margie Carter, Debbie Lebo, Wendy C.M. Cividanes (click on the author's name for more titles)

Reflective teaching—a continuous cycle of observing, documenting, and planning—supports children's learning and strengthens your teaching skills. Reflecting in Communities of Practice, a professional development workbook, will help you cultivate your creative, critical, and reflecting thinking skills through ten study sessions. Each session includes guided activities that focus on topics related to understanding the value and key elements of reflective teaching.

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Spotlight on Young Children and Assessment

Author(s): Derry Koralek (click on the author's name for more titles)

Again, complied from articles from Young Children, this engaging volume addresses the purposes of and uses of assessment. Expert commentary offers an overview of the topic and specific examples to show how assessment informs and improves practice in early childhood education.

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