Molly Gerrish

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Academic Program Director, University of Wisconsin- River Falls

Look, Listen, Learn; Mindful Observation in Early Childhood Education

Meaningful and impactful observation techniques can assist teachers of young children with planning, assessment, and building relationships with the children in their programs. Using observation to plan personalized interactions with young children are vital to their overall development. This session will explore the various observation techniques used with children and the relationship between impactful observation and the development of developmentally appropriate curricula and assessment strategies. Additionally, techniques for preparing meaningful and detailed observation notes will be shared and practiced.

MEET Molly Gerrish

"My roots are in Head Start, it all began there, as I witnessed firsthand the impact that meaningful relationships and positive support can have on children and their families. Being a home visitor brought me into people's lives in a way that no other profession could. From there, I worked in several schools as a teacher and director. Being able to see the vast differences in opportunities in various school settings, made it clear to me, that regardless of the location of the program, the teacher and the relationships facilitated are vital to the children and families in their programs. I am now a professor, a teacher-educator working to educate the highest quality educators for every classroom and every child."