The Montessori Teacher
To work in a Montessori environment is very unlike “teaching” in the traditional sense of the word. Montessori teachers do not teach. Instead, they guide; they observe; they create an environment of calm, order, joy. They know when to intervene, and above all, they know when to step back. This knowledge isn’t something most people are born with, but it is something you’ll learn during your training.
At the heart of the AMI-Montessori classroom is the teacher—the guide. Montessori teachers are referred to as guides because they are experts at assisting children to find their own strengths and their own capabilities through the use of practical, self-correcting materials. An AMI-Montessori teacher is adept at leading from behind. It’s an art, a skill, an ability.
Children experience dramatic changes that require different environments to meet their developmental needs. Dr. Montessori compares this process to the metamorphosis that a caterpillar undergoes to become a butterfly. Those who have completed AMI teacher training understand and see what it means to “believe in the child,” and how to best help all children discover the joys of learning.
- Respect children as individuals with unique plans for development.
- Create a calm and joyful atmosphere in an environment that allows each child to connect to productive work.
- Give engaging presentations with Montessori materials that the children will use on their own.
- Foster growth towards independence and social responsibility.
- Assist children to progress at their own pace and gradually discover their potential while helping them to help themselves.