Primary education: listening and observing
Primary education: listening and observing

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1.1 A teacher on observing children

Sarah Johnson has been a primary school teacher for 15 years. She currently teaches the youngest children in the primary school, ages 4 and 5. She explains how she uses observation and listening to evaluate what children know and plan the next steps for their learning. She says that by observing children, you can think about how to move their learning forward.

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Sarah says that observing a child can tell you many things – about a child’s interests and abilities, whether there are gaps in their learning, and above all it informs her planning and assessment.

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