Posts Tagged ‘concentration’

Small steps

June 9, 2012

My first year teaching is REALLY REALLY hard. We are a fledgeling Montessori school, grades 1-7. I have 9 children, almost all of whom have come out of mainstream schools and have ‘issues’.  I have really been struggling to help them develop independence as they are completely unused to this way of working.

Last week, one of my “problem” students had work to do that she was stuck on. I was busy and couldn’t attend immediately, and by the time I got to her, she had chosen other work to do that she could manage on her own. This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s something that I have been working on for six months. A child choosing to keep being productively employed despite a challenge and my lack of attention – that’s an Oh Wow! Montessori moment for me.

Allowing concentration

September 15, 2011

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember not to break their concentration.

Like when my 2 year old, who usually grabs the sun cream and squirts out great blodges of it all over everything he can reach, finds a mini-muffin tray, and carefully fills up each tiny space – with my sun cream!