False Fatigue

False Fatigue

False fatigue is a common phenomenon observed in Montessori classrooms. It usually happens after 2 hours of work and lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. The noise level in the classroom arises and children start to act disorderly. They start to walk around the classroom, do not know what to do, become less capable of enduring frustration, and appear to be tired and needy.


Maria Montessori recognized this as false fatigue. After a long period of work time, children need to resettle themselves. In the classroom, we do not do much when this happens. We observe, redirect, and provide emotional support if needed. Allowing children to independently settle themselves is important for them to increase their stamina and feel the sense of ownership of their day.


We observe each child and evaluate if they are able to lead themselves to a work again. We introduce new lessons or remind children who are still learning to resettle to their favorite works. Sometimes, some of the children just need a hug or a little attention, then they are ready to go back to work!



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OKC Heartland Montessori School 

OKC Heartland Montessori School 

6120 N Drexel Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73112

OKC Heartland Montessori School by Future Education LLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

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