Observation Workshop

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
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 Completed


Hamilton – 19th May 10.30 – 2.30 pm
Fountain City Montessori, 2D Brooklyn Road, Claudelands, Hamilton.

Wellington – 24th March  Completed

Christchurch – 28 April Completed

Dunedin – 5 May Completed

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 one of two New Zealanders 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.