Thursday, February 13, 2014

Observation

"Often inexperienced teachers place great importance on teaching and believe that they have done everything necessary when they have demonstrated the use of the materials in a meaningful way. In reality, they are far from the truth because the job of the teacher is rather more important than that. To her falls the task of guiding the development of the child's spirit, and therefore her observations must emerge at the end- and this is their only justification- in her ability to help the child."

Maria Montessori, The child in the Family

3 comments:

mamita said...

Is there anywhere I can get a copy of this book electronically or digitally? I'd love to read it and get a better idea of what this quote means by reading in it's greater context.

It is my personal belief that we are born with spirits or souls that are already developed and mature. I believe the soul existed before we were born and it is indoctrination or formation of an ego that causes us to forget our true self.

I'd love to read this book. As a parent of a child who is attending an AMI school, I'm hoping to read more about the spiritual nature of Montessori, and cosmic education.

Susanne said...

Mamita, it is from "The Child in the Family" by Maria Montessori page 139, Clio Press.

mamita said...

Thanks Susanne, I'm going to put that next on my list of things to read.