Observation Workshop

Observation is an essential tool for linking Montessori philosophy and teaching practice. It enables the 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. Preparation is necessary in order to render him capable of observing and of understanding that which he observes. It is also necessary to follow certain rules during the observation in order that the object which is being 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.
Followed by:
– 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  Little Earth Montessori (Panmure), 45 Ireland Road, Auckland. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Hamilton: 19th May Fountain City Montessori, 2D Brooklyn Road, Claudelands, Hamilton. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Wellington: 24th March Montessori Rongotai, 192 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Christchurch: 28 April Nova Montessori School, 53 Owles Terrace, New Brighton, Christchurch 8061. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Dunedin: 5 May Montessori the Gardens, 5 Chambers St, North East Valley, Dunedin. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Registration Costs
Registration costs include attendance at workshop, morning tea and email assessment of one work curve with follow up lesson plan.

MANZ member centres and schools: $100 (incl GST), per person.
MANZ individual members: $125.00 (incl GST)
Full registration: $225 (incl GST), per person.


Workshop leader:

Krista Kerr Krista Kerr is a lead teacher in a three-six class at Wa Ora Montessori Preschool. She is the only New Zealander to have completed the Association Montessori Internationale {AMI) Post Diploma Course at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. This whole year course focuses on the scientific observation of children using techniques developed by Dr Maria Montessori, using observation to explore Montessori theory and to reflect on how it may be put into practice. During the course Krista observed two children over an eight month period. Krista had been supporting her colleagues at Wa Ora Montessori to use observation as a tool and she is delighted to have the opportunity to share this observation technique with a wider group of kaiako from other Montessori centres.