Teacher As An Observer
“We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe,’ but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.” – Maria Montessori
What is observation?
Earlier, my view regarding observation is eager to find something, reaching quickly on conclusion / judgments. Mostly, looking with pre-conceptions and assumptions; it’s like trying to prove something.
According to me, observing is not just seeing. It is a way of watching, interacting and inferring that reveals about the hidden talents, thoughts and qualities of the child. It’s about observing the child, with no judgments, and emotions. It should be for probing further deeply, understanding and empathic.
For observing a classroom one has to be non- judgmental, leave one’s own perceptions aside. Observation helps ones in better understanding of needs and interests of the children. These observations further helps in making connection with children and tell us about their interests, likes and dislikes. It builds positive relationships by revealing the child’s uniqueness of the child, including his strength, mode of expression and his work style. This positive relationship is the foundation for children’s exploration and learning within the classroom and his surroundings. Moreover, it gives a sense of acceptance and respect to the child. These observations help teachers to collect the data and then reflect on where the child is in progressing and what the areas they need to work on.
It’s really important to understand your instinct for the observation. A good teacher will always be learning while facilitating the process of learning as it helps teachers to reflect and decide what is to be done for the betterment of little souls.