I’ve often been asked to explain the significance of being a ‘scientific observer’. Today I’m dedicating the episode to answering this important question.
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What We Talked About
- What is observation
- How to be a scientific observer
- What to Observe
- Observing ourselves, the environment, and our children
Things to Remember
“Observation is a perpetual mindfulness practice using all of our senses.” – Jeanne-Marie Paynel
“Do less, observe more, enjoy most.” – Magda Gerber
“The most important is to respect all reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.”
“An observer obviously needs something to observe and he must be trained in order to be able to see and recognize objective truth, he must also have at his disposal children placed in such an environment that they can manifest their natural traits.”
“There is in the child a special kind of sensitivity which leads him to absorb everything about him, and it is this work of observing and absorbing that alone enables him to adapt himself to life. He does it in virtue of an unconscious power that exists in childhood…”
“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing”
“Even when helping and serving the children, she (the teacher) must not cease to observe them, because the birth of concentration in a child is as delicate a phenomenon as the bursting of a bud into bloom.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
“Observe first. Wait a second. Then act only if you have to.” – Dr. Silvia Dubovoy
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