The first time a baby looks in a mirror, she is surprised and in awe of what is before her…her reflection.
Throughout our lives, we are presented with opportunities to reflect on our experiences, our growth and our path ahead. As John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”
Montessori classrooms not only allow this time for reflection; they are based on reflection. It is through considering what we’ve tried and thinking about what worked and what didn’t – reflection – that learning occurs.