Do you remember, as a student kaiako, being told to go and observe, or when you were doing your Montessori training the importance of observation? I remember, and thinking ‘so how do I actually do that!’
To help YOU learn how to observe the ‘Montessori way” we have a workshop tailored just for this purpose.
Observation is an essential tool for linking Montessori philosophy and teaching practice together. It enables Montessori teachers to gather data and provide evidence for teaching as inquiry, internal evaluations, and of course to plan for tamariki lessons. It requires careful and individual preparation on the part of the observer with preparation being necessary in order to be capable of observing and of understanding that which is observed.
…. in this case, the child – will be free to manifest the phenomena which we wish to observe.”
Dr Maria Montessori (1921). The London Lectures, AMI Communications, 2008/2
At MANZ conference 2013 Connie Black introduced the idea of work curves to many kaiako. Amy Kirkham and Carol Potts facilitated an Observation course later that year. Now you have the opportunity to become more familiar with observing, creating and using work curves to guide your teaching practice. Come along to this hands on workshop to learn how to do an observation work curve, how to analyse it, and create a lesson plan from it.
Initial 4 hour workshop
- Kaiako to complete a work curve in their own centre and develop a lesson plan.
- Teacher’s to email work curve and lesson plan to facilitator within 3 weeks of completing the workshop.
- Facilitator will assess each work curve and lesson plan returning with feedback.
Locations and Dates
- Auckland – 10th March | Completed
- Hamilton – 19th May | Completed
- Wellington – 24th March | Completed
- Christchurch – 28 April | Completed
- Dunedin – 5 May | Completed