Watch and Wait

Watch and Wait

Montessori was once asked to sum up her new approach to education. “Attendee, osservando – watch and wait.”

I’m a couple of days late in honoring the anniversary of Dr. Maria Montessori’s death, but here is a beautiful tribute and brief summary of Montessori’s approach according to Dr. Montessori herself. I hope you enjoy this article contributed by Baan Dek Montessori School blog.

Rita Kramer makes the case that, “An educator and teacher, Montessori ended her life by saying that neither teaching nor education brings about the child’s development.” Kramer continues, “in a somewhat radical and far-seeing summary of the Montessori philosophy, one that contains the heart of what makes this approach so special: all educators and teachers can do is refrain from placing obstacles in the child’s path by providing him with an environment in which he is “free to create himself”.

 

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