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Observe to Learn … And Not Correct!

Dr. Paul Epstein


We know observation is the Montessori method. But why should we observe? What is the purpose of observation?

Dr. Montessori answered, we observe to “guide the development of the child’s spirit.” We do not observe to correct. Dr. Montessori taught, “It is not a teacher who makes him notice his mistakes and shows him how to correct it, but it is a complex work of the child’s own intelligence which leads to such a result.”

During this presentation, Dr. Paul Epstein will define “the child’s spirit.” Paul will describe his C.O.R.E. observation learning system and how using this system results with learning about children … and ourselves. When we learn, we become, in Dr. Montessori’s words, “joyous observers” who guide children more effectively.


Paul Epstein

Paul is the educational director of Designs for Lifelong Learning. He has worked in education as an administrator, university professor, teacher trainer, classroom teacher, researcher, consultant, and author.

A highly regarded international and inspirational speaker, Paul brings transformative learning experiences to educators and parents throughout the world. He is the author of numerous articles and books including An Observer’s Notebook: Learning from Children with the Observation C.O.R.E. He is also the co-author of The 60-Day Montessori Observation Workbook and The Montessori Way, a definitive work on the Montessori experience.

His administrative experiences include working as a head of Montessori schools, and he brought the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program to one of the schools. Paul also works as a director and instructor of Montessori teacher education programs. He has been a Montessori classroom teacher in Montessori early childhood, middle, and high school programs.

Paul holds Montessori teacher certification in early childhood and secondary levels one and two from the American Montessori Society and his doctorate is in Cultural Anthropology.

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