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POLICIES
Observation Guidelines
Montessori classrooms are unique. They are thoughtfully set up to be
the children’s environment, and students’ useful activity (or ‘work’)
is respected. We structure the classroom so that each child may work
independently or in small groups with focus and little interruption.
In order for you to get a true picture of a child’s daily activity in the
classroom, we ask that you follow these guidelines.
1) Limit your time to about 30 minutes
unless you have made other arrangements
2) Please be as unobtrusive as possible
Remain seated and resist the temptation to interact with children. The
students know an observer’s ‘work’ is to watch their classroom at work,
and while some children may come to welcome you or introduce themselves, most will likely just go about their day
3) Make note of your observations & questions
The Director of Education will make time to talk with you at the end of
your observation to answer any questions.
SUGGESTED THOUGHTS WHILE YOU OBSERVE
• How does the classroom environment compare with other school
environments, or with your expectations?
• Look for evidence of children concentrating on their tasks, and watch
for follow-through. Notice the various levels of focus and concentration between different ages and individuals
• How is the classroom prepared? Are the materials well-organized,
well-maintained, and child-friendly?
• Are children self-directed? Do they appear comfortable and confident
in their classroom community?
• How do the adults interact with children? Do you observe positive
relations between the different ages in the classroom?
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