‘It is only after you come to know the surface of things that you can venture to seek what is underneath. Bit the surface of things is inexhaustible.’

Italo Calvino (1983:55)

Noticing is something that you would assume is easy as you do it everyday, though you may not notice everything and the things you don’t notice clearly do not influence your daily actions, the reading looks at altering our actions to work at broadening and deepening our sensitivities to noticing which happens as part of carrying out professional practice.

A definition of noticing is provided for us which is ‘a collection of practices both for living in, and hence learning from, experience, and for informing future practice. This idea of broadening our view on the concept of noticing, can have something to do with reflection which is learning from experience, and can be considered hard to contrast for some people. Also experimental learning could also play a part, but it has more to do then experiencing. Something more is needed, towards noticing things in a profession there are practices that can be used like ‘picking up ideas’ and ‘trying them out for ourselves.’

It was interesting how noticing is something that happens to us, not something deliberately, and conscious parts of us do. I never sat down and thought about all the things that I ‘choose’ to notice or not to. The reading then discusses physiological, affective or cognitive aspects that could have appeared as I was reading, which were like the temperature of the room, motion of my eyes as I read or even if I enjoyed the reading, which were a reaction to the reading of the text. Which is different to notice something in the future, it only donates to the likelihood of noticing as you’re not guaranteed to notice it.

Ordinary noticing is distinguished from noticing which refers to all aspects of moving from ordinary-noticing or perceiving, to marking and recoding. Ordinary noticing is what supports noticing.

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