I have a new school year resolution – to observe more.
Classroom observation is such a valuable tool, one that is used in the classroom by teachers and students alike. Administrators, however, sometimes have difficulty setting aside the time to do the same.
We know the value of observation. Just as teachers use it to see how the classroom is working together, where the students currently are, and where they need to be going, administrators use it to see the same on a whole-school level.
But the truth is, observing in the classroom is fun. Beyond the utility of it, it feels great. I love to see what the children are doing – the moments of discovery, the collaboration with the classroom guide, the peaceful self-direction. We can talk about Montessori and what it offers children, but to see it …well, it is simply a joy.
So this year my “to do list” includes observation. And the fact that it’ll be the item I most look forward to doesn’t mean it doesn’t belong there. In fact, it belongs at the top of the list.
I’ll be sharing my reflections along the way. Check back when you can. I think this is a resolution we’ll all enjoy!
Last week the cold weather brought two Fall favorites to our classrooms–fresh applesauce and a good book. Of course a good book is always in season, and many of our elementary students are now curling up with The Secret Zoo series thanks to a visit from author, Bryan Chick.
The smell of fresh cooked apples filled the halls for two days as first Children’s House and then Lower Elementary students made fresh applesauce.
Author Bryan Chick fascinated students with stories of how his own childhood imagination eventually led him to write The Secret Zoo series. Mr. Chick inspired students to stay dedicated to the craft of writing and wowed them with the number of drafts he went through to get to the final version of the seven page prelude in the first of his Secret Zoo books – 60!
Trevor Eissler, a Montessori parent and author of Montessori Madness!, offers a five minute synopsis of his take on Montessori. Illustrated by 321 FastDraw, Inc., this video offers a very accessible overview on what makes Trevor, and many other parents, fall in love with Montessori.