Child Observation Essay

439 WordsJun 24, 20122 Pages
1. What I learned about the students/clients I will be working with as a result of these observation experiences. As a result of these observation experiences, we have learned children are sometimes spontaneous, sometimes reserved; joyful now, sad later; friendly and reserved; competent and naïve; talkative and quiet. To be childlike is to experience an almost unpredictable array of discoveries, emotions, and levels of energy. Children are unique and complex and thus often difficult to comprehend. They do not readily engage us in dialogue in order to explain the reasons for their caprice as they explore the world that surrounds them. Yet, as future educational professionals, it is important for us to know our children deeply, to flow with their currents, and to extend their nascent theories about how the world works. 2. What I learned about teaching/clinical practice as a result of these field experiences. As a result of these field experiences, we learned that understanding and communicating with a student is very important when it comes to teaching. As we observe children, we need to consider their goals and what effects are they trying to create. We observe their actions and listen to their comments to determine the strategies they choose to attain those goals. The relation between the strategy and the goal will reveal a possible theory, a theory about how to make the desired effect occur. The theory, correct or incorrect in an objective sense, makes the child's choice of strategy sensible. The theory comes from us. It is our speculation. It is our attempt to find an entry into the child's world. All high-level conversations begin with someone speculating about the meaning of the other person's words or actions. 3. What I learned about myself as an education professional as a result of these field experiences. As a result of these field experiences, we

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