The Montessori Teacher
Montessori teachers are not the centre of attention in the environment. As the teachers, our role centers on the preparation and organisation of learning- materials to meet the needs and interests of the Montessori children. The focus is on the children learning, not the teachers teaching. They are observers whose ultimate goal is to intervene less and less as the child develops more. They promote independence, critical thinking, as well as promoting the many different freedoms that Montessori writes about.
“The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have the kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work. Dr. Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Child”
The Montessori Philosophy is based on supporting the holistic development of the child as they progress from birth to adulthood. It takes a broad vision of education as an aid for life. As a way of teaching, Montessori offers the view that knowledge isn’t passively gained by learning words. Rather, it is gained through experiences in the surrounding environment. Hence, the Montessori approach develops the imagination for the child to be a lifelong learner.
“Within the child lies the fates of the future”. Maria Montessori.
The Montessori Environment
The Montessori environment is specifically prepared consisting of activities and experiences with an integrated focus to the core curriculum of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Communication, Language and Literacy, Knowledge and understanding of the world, physical education, arts and creativity as well as mindfulness/yoga and sustainability. The environment is calm and nurturing and uses a holistic approach.
“Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them”. Maria Montessori