Snapshots of Practice

Learning to Teach: Observing and Reflecting

This video series provides a platform for professional development in early childhood education. It introduces viewers to compelling early childhood classroom footage accompanied by facilitated discussions about observations and teaching practices. Viewers will get a hands-on look at how beginning teachers learn to closely observe children and engage in reflective conversations about children, materials, the classroom environment, and themselves.

This series begins with an introduction from Nancy Nager, Course Instructor at Bank Street College of Education and features three parts: classroom routines and transitions, dramatic play, and early materials and movement. The content enacts two essential elements of Bank Street College’s teacher education pedagogy: close observation and reflective practice.

Introduction by Nancy Nager (pdf with video)

Part One: Classroom Routines and Transitions (pdf with video)

Part Two: Dramatic Play (pdf with video)

Part Three: Early Childhood Materials and Environment (pdf with video)