Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Montessori Work Cycles - Tips for Teaching Children Time Management

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Montessori education focuses on observing and following children in their activity choices; giving students the freedom to explore their interests is one of many ways to encourage independence and a love of learning. However, as a Montessori teacher, occasionally you may observe that a particular child is having difficulty actually choosing and completing an activity.

In this video blog produced by NAMC, we explore classroom and time management strategies based on a NAMC Tutor’s real-life classroom experience. If you have noticed that one of your students spends a large amount of time wandering, but very little working on activities, it may be that they have never been shown how to work. We hope these insights on helping students with Time Management will be useful to you on your Montessori journey. Find the full video below.

Montessori Work Cycles - Tips for Teaching Children Time Management

In the case of ‘David,’ interest in the materials and activities was never lacking. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, actually setting out to focus on and complete work just never seemed to happen. Before coming to the conclusion that a student does not want to work or may have learning difficulties or trouble concentrating, consider that he may not actually know how to start and finish a work cycle. With some visual references to the passage of time, gentle reminders of accountability, and folders to help with organization, Miss Michelle was able to help David understand how time management and working go hand in hand.

By helping your students learn to allot time for their work and practice time management skills, you can help them move toward enjoying greater success through productivity. When students are able to choose an activity and feel the personal reward of completing their work, as Miss Michelle discovered, they’ll feel great!

Did you enjoy this video blog? Please take the time to comment and let NAMC know if you would like to see future topics covered in this format.
As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.


  1. I ran across your article simply looking for ways to help my son focus on his homework. I love the idea of simply consistency, no shaming or rewarding, just accountability. I think in an effort to encourage positive behavior I may have been too rewarding in the past. Not only does this help teach focus and self monitoring, but self worth despite outward response. I absolutely love this and appreciate this post!

  2. Thank you so much! You just have given me a very useful tool to use with my high school students. The graphic organizers can help me build time management with them plus the time set on their own terms enforce them accountable for their own work production.


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