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Skills Required to Observe We must learn to sit silently and motionless - conscious immobility. In our fast paced world this is something that many of us rarely do.
As well, often times the adult unconsciously becomes the center of the environment; constantly directing instead of allowing the children to direct themselves.
We should examine ourselves introspectively; how often would you normally want to interrupt the children while they are in the 3 hour work cycle?
Are the interruptions really necessary? Our inner impulses to help, to do it faster, to do it more efficiently are unnecessary and take the action away from the child. Are we speaking too much? Are our voices constantly interruptingthe precise work of our hands while presenting lessons?
Are we over-explaining materials instead of allowing the child to spend time with the materials and investigate further on their own? Is a child avoiding a particular area and why? What is the atmosphere like? Has the class normalized?
If not, why not? Is there a sense of respect and community in the environment? Allow for the Possibility of Change Allow your mind to be open to change. The following video outlines the 8 stages of Observation.
Observation in the Montessori classroom is a tool that is used by the adult to follow the child to assess their abilities and readiness for materialsand developed within the child during their early years to help him classify, store, order, and work towards his inner needs. The adult goal of observation is to learn about the child from a scientific and objective perspective.
This can be a greater challenge to homeschooling parents as their connection to their own children tends to be more passionate and emotional than perhaps a teacher in a school setting might have for their students. As Montessori educators either at home or in a school setting we must keep on top of our observation skills and use them regularly.Lucette, your observations reflect our experience.
After 3 years in Montessori, our child transitioned to public for first grade. It was a terrible experience, my child was teased repeatedly, ignored by the teacher who complained that she wouldn’t follow directions, and she wrote numbers and letter backwards.
The Montessori Philosophy was established over years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori. Her method of education emphasizes and develops the potential of the child by utilizing special teaching materials, a prepared environment and teachers who have been specially trained.
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MONTESSORI INFORMATION AND BOOKS. The Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company publishes and distributes books by Dr. Montessori, in English and other languages.
Through her observations, Dr. Montessori found that children between the ages of 0 and 6 years absorbed everything around them like a sponge, learning almost everything without effort. She called this phenomenon The Absorbent Mind. Montessori education is based on the scientific observations of Dr.
Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy. Through her lifelong work with children, Dr. Montessori developed a unique method of education which recognizes the individual talents and interests of each child, while providing them with a peaceful, child-centered classroom in which to explore.