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Thinking About Thinking:

Reflective Practice Across

Early Childhood Settings

This section includes seven short movie clips, along with Observation & Reflection Guides, and Fast Facts informational handouts. All are available without charge. The materials are designed to provide many opportunities to observe and reflect on brief interactions that typically occur in various settings with young children.  None of the movies were scripted. All of the interactions occurred naturally in early childhood settings in New Mexico. Our intention was not to focus on only positive interactions or those that demonstrate best practice. Instead, we chose movie clips that represent typically occurring situations that allow for focused observation and reflection. It is our belief that when we can slow down, focus without distraction, and observe with intention and curiosity, we are supported to develop and practice new ways of seeing, experiencing and reflecting on our work. This focused practice helps us to use our new skills even in situations that are much busier.

Thinking About Thinking Across Early Childhood Settings - Introduction

        

 

1.

Thinking Intentionally About Infants & Toddlers

   

2.

Thinking Intentionally About Preschool-aged Children 

      

3.

Thinking Intentionally:

Asking Reflective Questions

       

4.

Thinking Intentionally:

Using Mind-minded Practices

     

5.

Thinking Intentionally About Providing Professional Development Supports

     

6.

Thinking Intentionally:

Practice Vignettes

7.

Fast Facts

Handouts

Infants & Young

Children are

Learning to Be

Reflective

Early Childhood

Teachers can

Use Reflection in their

Classrooms

Reflection can be Supported

Among Parents & 

Caregivers

Mind-Minded

Practices

Reflective

Professional 

Development

Practices

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