What’s the most challenging thing in observation?

The greatest challenge to observation lies in our own preconceptions, prejudgments, and expectations. Montessori training focuses on discovering and transforming such obstacles within ourselves. But another great challenge is making the time to observe. Sometimes, when we observe it feels as if we aren’t ‘working’. But in fact, observation is the foundation of Montessori work. Embracing that fact will be a big step towards committing the time every day throughout the day to observe and discover – without prejudice – what children constantly reveal through their own activity. And only on the basis of those revelations can we plan effective responses.

Montessori teacher observing group of primary children