False Fatigue (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

False Fatigue (Montessori)

In Montessori education, False Fatigue is a phenomenon typically observed in Children’s Houses worldwide, often around 10 a.m. At this time, children may seem to lose interest in work, their behaviour might become disorderly, and the noise level can rise.[1] It may appear as if the children are tired, but if the Montessori educator recognizes this as simply false fatigue, they will let the children be, who will subsequently return to their work on their own, often at an even higher level of engagement than before.


Montessori Quotes

  • “Let us leave the life free to develop within the limits of the good, and let us observe this inner life developing. This is the whole of our mission.”[2]
  • “The first duty of an educator, whether he is involved with the newborn infant or an older child, is to recognize the human personality of the young being and respect it.”[3]