Montessori Education

The teacher must feel and assume her position as an observer and free herself from being dominant.  The key to becoming a good teacher is observation, and there is real hard work that goes into observation.  The trained teacher should be able to observe and practice all aspects that have been learned such as the horme, sensitive periods, etc. so as to be able to direct natural energies and allow the child to develop natural potential.

A trained adult provides a dynamic link between the child and the environment.  She sets the process in motion but the environment and activities are the teacher.  It is the child who is teaching himself and not the teacher who teaches the child.  It will thus take a conscious decision to be this adult.  And again, it is important to note that materials are not a new means to be placed in front of this teacher. 

The trained adult is the custodian of this prepared environment, and he must tend to it and pay attention to its beauty, cleanliness, completeness of materials and the way they are presented.  At the end, he ensures everything is neat and well positioned such that each morning is filled with new hope and a new beginning for the child.  The child is therefore seduced to a place of warmth and once concentration in a child begins, the adult steps back. 

Adults must work hard on being able to be self-controlled and not becoming and obstacle to the learning of the children.  Anger has no place in a prepared environment as children do not understand injustice; but will only know that something is wrong.  Trained teachers must grow sympathy, compassion, charity and avoid pride.

The Montessori assistant’s role is to support the teacher and promote peace and order in the class read more