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Observing to Solve Problems

Susan Tracey McDaniel


The Montessori method is more than a set of materials, it is a way of life. In her time, Maria Montessori brought a new curiousity and scientific approach to the study of children. She insisted that her method depended on observation.
Susan Tracy McDaniel invites you to get curious and make a daily study of the children in your environment, whether school or home.
In particular, we can apply observation techniques to solve problems, and even better, prevent future problems. We can get curious and think scientifically. No matter your role, you can invite the adults in your community to coordinate their efforts, which not only eases difficulties, also builds cooperation and a sense of community in service to the child.
Our ultimate obligation is to serve children to the best of our ability.


Susan Tracey McDaniel

Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed., Director of Learning Together Education, has made a practice of observing children for more than 30 years. As a consultant to many schools and social service agencies, Susan has applied Montessori educational methods in a variety of settings, including a Chicago homeless shelter, Native American and migrant communities. Susan is a parenting coach and speaks frequently to groups of parents and educators. Since 1993, she has taught Montessori Philosophy and Child Development at Seton Montessori Institute. Susan has also taught numerous Montessori and Parenting courses in the US, Europe, and Asia. She recently became a facilitator for the American Montessori Society Infant Toddler Instructor Academy, preparing future course instructors.

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