Observation Workshop Series, Auckland in 2018?
The proposed workshops on observation that were planned for Wellington have been cancelled, however if there is enough interest we can consider running it in Auckland in 2018.
If you would be interested in attending the 10 week workshop series please be in touch. It may be possible to offer some of the workshop sessions by Skype.
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This is the proposed outline of the workshops which are planned to run over 10 weeks.
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 or self-review. In 2013 Connie Black introduced the idea of work curves to many teachers at the MANZ Conference and Amy Kirkham and Carol Potts revisited observation again later that year. Now you have the opportunity to become more familiar with observing, creating and using work curves to guide your teaching practice.
This workshop series runs over ten weeks and will not take you away from your classroom for long. The workshop series involves an initial two hour workshop and four one hour follow-up meetings plus classroom observations over the term. Online support will also be provided by Krista and your fellow ‘observers’, so you can check in, ask questions and get support. During this observation workshop you will be observing the same child for 10 weeks.
Week One Workshop
The workshop starts with a two hour meeting to examine what a work curve is, what it can tell us about a child and how this can be of practical benefit. Krista will bring some collected data which you will use to practice making work curves during this session, so that everyone is confident of being able to get started when they get back to their class. All the required paperwork and templates – data collection sheets, blank work curves etc will be provided. You will leave with observation homework to complete – to observe one child and prepare a work curve.
Week Two Meeting
The group will meet again after a week’s observation. Each participant will have a work curve for the group to analyse and to brainstorm together what you can do to follow the interests of that child. You will leave with a follow-up lesson plan. Krista will also help you find strategies for observing ‘non-stop’ while being active presenters in your classroom.
Week Three Classroom observation
You will carry out the lessons in your plan, observe your child and record outcomes
Week Four Meeting
You will share feedback from your lesson plan and your observations, ask any questions to make sure you are on the right ‘track’.
Week Five Classroom observation
Observe your child again and prepare a new work curve.
Week Six Meeting
Bring your next work curve and get help from Krista and the group in analysing and developing a new follow-up plan. Krista will introduce how to write a developmental overview of the child and share example (two hour meeting).
Week Seven – Nine Classroom observation
You will spend the next three weeks observing your child, preparing work curves and follow-up plans.
Week 10 Meeting
You will write a developmental review to share with the group and reflect on your use of observation and work curves as data-gathering tools and have a shared afternoon tea to celebrate the end of the workshop.
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 now ready too share with a wider group of teachers from other Montessori centres.