Hello All, I just have a question about doing any kind of fieldwork in a Montessori school. I've already completed my student teaching and fieldwork, but I was talking to a colleague the other day and she said that one of her fieldworks was completed in a Montessori school. She was in the room for 3 hours a week for 10 weeks. I thought it was strange, she said that she was instructed not to interact with the students. Her cooperating teacher told her that she was not Montessori trained and that therefore she wasn't allowed to interact with the children. She received a place to sit in the back of the room where she could observe, but that was it. If the children came up to her to talk she had to instruct them to go and play or something along those lines. I thought this was strange, because the placement required her to take an active role in the classroom. Her professor had to rearrange her projects because she was not allowed to teach a formal lesson in the classroom. The whole situation seemed odd to me. I have a little knowledge of Montessori teaching, but not much and this story of hers just captured my attention. I'm wondering, is this general practice in Montessori schools? Was it just the teacher, or is that actually a rule, that pre-service teachers can't interact with the children? I just don't really understand why the school would take on fieldwork participants if they were not going to enable them to work with the children. I'm hoping someone can enlighten me!! Thank you in advance!