Montessori Tidbit: Observation
The foundation of everything we do as a Montessori school is observation. Maria Montessori was a doctor and a scientist before she was a teacher. She took a scientific approach to education, observing children’s natural tendencies and developing an educational pedagogy grounded in those observations. Today, we watch closely and modify our lessons and materials in the environment to best suit each child’s individual development and interests. We try to anticipate just what the children will need next and make sure it’s readily available for them. This observation-based approach is called “following the child.” Dr. Montessori said, “It is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him feel her presence too much, so that she may always be ready to supply the desired help, but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience.”
Learn more in the video, below: "An exploration of the role Observation plays in our daily Montessori practice in both the Primary and Elementary setting. For more, go to montessoriguide.org."