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ERIC Number: EJ1125307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-9734
Helfrich, Shannon
NAMTA Journal, v41 n3 p259-264 Sum 2016
Helfrich addresses two perspectives from which to think about observation in the classroom: that of the teacher observing her classroom, her group, and its needs, and that of the outside observer coming into the classroom. Offering advice from her own experience, she encourages and defends both. Do not be afraid of the disruption of outside visitors, she tells us, for "Children are the most adaptive, flexible, go with the moment creatures I know. They love having observers because it validates for them the specialness of the work they are engaged in. Let them share this love of their work with others. You can also share your love of this work with others." [Paper presented at the "Observation: The Key to Unlocking the Child's Potential," North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) Conference, Part 2 (Denver, CO, November 5-8, 2015).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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