Observation – The Keystone Skill


The Observation: The Keystone Skill Workshop is a self-paced, online class that teaches a key element of the Montessori method, that being the ability to monitor a child’s interaction with the learning environment to best direct their efforts. If you purchase more than 1 workshop, we will contact you within 48 hours to get registration information for everyone taking the course.



This workshop teaches the best methods of engaging with children to foster a highly effective learning environment. It instructs participants in child behavior and how to best help children learn to manage themselves through self-regulation. It provides a number of tips and strategies for guiding children in positive ways that respect the child and help normalize the classroom environment. Sections include Normalization, Root Causes of Behavior, the Role of the Adult, Child Guidance, Supporting Independence, and the Montessori Decalogue. By gaining an understanding of these, workshop participants will be able to effectively meet the challenges of the Montessori classroom.

Each lesson in the workshop consists of a topic and a hands-on assignment in the accompanying user manual. Work through them at your own pace any time of the day or night.  To maximize your learning, however, we suggest you spread out the lessons over the course of a week or more so that you can spend time focusing on your new understanding from each topic in the classroom the next day.

Watch the preview to get a glimpse of the course content and see the list of topics covered below.

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning
  • The Keystone Skill
  • Root Causes of Behavior
  • The Scientists in the Field
  • Observation Practices
  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

Total Video Run Time: 47m 26s

Course Materials

Here are the items you will need to take the workshop:

  • A Device (computer, tablet or smart phone) with up-to-date browser software
  • An Internet connection that can support watching videos (for example YouTube)
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Timer
  • The ability to download & print a .pdf workbook
    (A link is available in your purchase confirmation email or in the first lesson)
  • Downloaded .pdf files of additional course worksheets (printed out is helpful but not essential)

Workshop Preview