Deviations (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Deviations (Montessori)

In Montessori education, Deviations refer to behaviors exhibited by children that result from obstacles to their normal development.[1] These deviations may be perceived negatively (e.g., a destructive child) or positively (e.g., a passive, quiet child). According to Montessori theory, such deviations tend to disappear once a child starts to concentrate on a freely chosen task.


Montessori Quotes

  • “To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.”[2]
  • “The deviations are like diseases, but the symptoms are the contrary of those of physical illness, because they are not shown in suffering and pain, but in the flight of the patient into a kind of defensive exaltation.”[3]