Please feel free to stop by some morning, grab a cup of coffee and observe!
How to Observe
The first glimpse of a Montessori classroom may seem confusing with all the activity.
A few guidelines for observation are suggested:
First: Take a quick look around the room. Notice--
- the individual activity of the children
- the range of ages of the children
- the type of equipment and materials
- the interaction of the children with little or no friction
Second: Focus your attention on one of the teachers. Notice--
- the composure
- the respect the teacher shows the child
- the teacher as an observer
- the manner the teacher uses to guide and assist children
Third: Focus your attention on one child. Notice--
- concentration on work
- succession of activities
- respect for teachers, other children, equipment
- enthusiasm and joy in each activity, self-satisfaction
Fourth: Think a minute. The children you are observing are 2 1/2 through 6 years of age.
- Have you seen such peace and order before in this age group?
When observing through the classroom windows, please make sure the hall lighting is turned off. Please be aware that voices may carrry into the classroom and can be disturbing to the class.