Isolation of a Difficulty (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Isolation of a Difficulty (Montessori)

In Montessori education, the Isolation of Difficulty refers to a pedagogical approach where a teacher analyses an activity prior to presenting it to a child. Procedures or movements that might be challenging are isolated and taught separately to the child.[1] For instance, holding and snipping with scissors, a basic movement, is demonstrated before teaching how to cut curved or zigzag lines. This method ensures that a task is neither overwhelming nor too easy, but provides an appropriate level of challenge to engage and stimulate the child’s learning.


Montessori Quotes

  • “Our teaching must only answer the mental needs of the child, never dictate them.”[2]
  • “The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self.”[3]