A Montessori directress is a skilled observer who uses her knowledge and training to provide children with the necessary guidance to facilitate individual development. A directress frequently observes her Montessori students to determine where they are at developmentally and to guide them to appropriate lessons and activities. The Montessori directress also observes her students to determine what, if any, changes need to be made in the environment to facilitate student growth and development. Perhaps an area is too open or too narrow … a skilled observer will notice if the Montessori environment can be altered to promote safety, encourage ease of movement and overall, create a more productive work space.
Today showed me that Jordan is definitely in a sensitive period for counting, as he made a point of counting anything and everything that he could find, from the smooth river rocks on the Peace Table to the cutlery on the snack shelf. I observed that he still needs practice with one-to-one correspondence, and consequently, have made a note to myself to provide lessons with the Number Rods and various other counters in the coming weeks. I also noticed that he is in a sensitive period for washing his hands. In a 20-minute period, he washed his hands FOUR times and was clearly proud to be able to do it all by himself!
Over the weekend, I think I will prepare a hand washing activity for the Practical Life area and I am certain it will be one of Jordan’s favorites. Another observation that struck me is that Jordan has a much harder time focusing on his work when he is at a group table. He works SO much better at an individual table…the difference was like night and day! I will definitely make a point to guide him towards individual tables from now on until his attention span increases and he learns to tune out distractions more effectively.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.