Field Visitor Information and Forms
“To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold, herein lies the first task of the educator. In such a delicate task, a great art must suggest the moment, and limit the intervention, in order that we shall arouse no perturbation, cause no deviation, but rather that we shall help the soul which is coming into the fullness of life, and which shall live from its own forces. This art must accompany the scientific method.”
Dr. Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method, 1912
The Role of the Seton Montessori Institute Field Visitor
The field visitor provides a critical role in the development of a Montessori educator. Each field visitor has as a minimum a bachelor’s degree, three years of experience since achieving their Montessori credential (from a teacher education program accredited by MACTE), and the desire to support the development of future Montessori educators. Each field visitor is required to have the following documents on file (and updated on an annual basis):
• A copy of their college/university transcripts
• A copy of each of their Montessori credentials
• Three letters of reference
• A copy of their American Montessori Society (AMS) membership card
Seton Montessori Institute will send field visitors to observe the student teacher three times prior to certification. When the visitor has been assigned, he/she will directly contact the student to schedule the visit. The visits will include classroom observation for a minimum of 2 hours, followed by a meeting with the student.
These meetings are typically 30 – 45 minutes and the intent is to share the content that will make up the basis of the visitor’s report. The visitor is required to complete a report for their visit, and then a separate summary that will be shared with the student teacher, and potentially their practicum school. Seton will facilitate sending the student’s summary report to them.
The visitor submits/returns to Seton:
• 2 written reports (including details of the observation, and the follow up conversation),
• the complete visit folder to Seton within two weeks of the visit’s conclusion,
• Field Visitor Payment Request Form (with all required receipts*),
• the complete visit folder to Seton within two weeks of the visit’s conclusion.
*$75 for school visit to one student; $100 for school visit for two students at same school; $150 school visit for three students at same school; mileage is reimbursed at the rate of $.55 cents per mile; flights and hotels should be pre-approved by the practicum coordination team. Meals (coffee) are reimbursed when the visit includes an overnight stay.
Primary Function Explanation
The field visitor’s primary function is as a consultant to the student. However, the visit should include:
• communication with the supervising teacher, and if appropriate, the head of school.
• any concerns the supervising teacher would like to have addressed.
Seton’s practicum coordination team will follow up with them directly, by email or phone.
First and Second Visit Purposes
The job of the field visitor, especially during the first and second visits, is to consult with the student teacher on his/her progress and development in the practicum setting, and give any help needed in relation to assignment work. The first visit is focused on the environment and the student teacher’s transition from academics to reality. The second visit should show expansion in their role in the classroom including presentations in various areas, perhaps a small group lesson, and often line with movement. Often visitors set goals from one visit to the next to help the adult student’s development; and visitors are encouraged to have the student contribute to the goal setting and assessment of competency.
Third Visit Requirements and Purpose
The third visit is scheduled when the student’s albums are complete (along with most assignments) and the ‘Request for Third Visit Form’ has been submitted.
The third visit differs from the first and second visit in that it includes an evaluation component. The student is assessed using the American Montessori Society (AMS) competency statements for the student’s teacher education program level.
On the day of the third visit, the student teacher is expected to demonstrate leadership of the class, with or without the presence of the supervising teacher in the environment (depending on circumstances). Full presentations in multiple areas are expected, as well as small group, a line with movement, and the Silence Game. Typically, the field visitor will want to observe through the morning (full three hours); followed by a conversation with the student.
Field Visitor Practicum Visit Report Templates per Level
• Administrator Field Visitor Report Template
• Infant-Toddler Field Visitor Report Templates
• Early Childhood Field Visitor Report Templates
• Elementary Field Visitor Report Templates
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Seton Montessori Institute staff by calling 630/654-0151, or emailing them at Institute@SetonMontessori.org.