Essay 1 - Role of the Educator

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“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

Comment on the above statement and explain your understanding of the role of the educator in assisting the child in his development.

“Truly there is an urgent need today of reforming the methods of instruction and education, and he who aims at such a renewal
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It also helped to overcome the problem of vandalism, which was a common menace in that locality.
It is here Dr. Montessori discovered a world within each child and her ten discoveries at Casa Dei Bambini are as follows: 1. Mental concentration: She discovered children as young as three years of age were able to concentrate. She observed a child playing with a knobbed cylinder who was so engrossed with the material that it isolated her mentally from rest of the environment. 2. Love of Repetition: She found children loves repetition. It is through this repetition the real development ensues. In the book ‘The Secret Childhood’ Dr Maria wrote how the children continued to wash the hands for so many times even after they were cleaned. 3. Love of Order: She observed children following the teacher in distributing and placing back materials in to the shelves. This made her realize that children had a great need of order. 4. Freedom of Choice: She observed children are able to choose materials in preference to others. This became a mile stone in the Montessori methods. It’s known as’ Free choice of Activities’. 5. Love of Work: She discovered that children preferred to work rather than just playing. Once she bought some expensive toys for the children but they gave no attention to those toys, and they preferred to work with the materials. 6. No Need for Reward or Punishment: She realised children showed no need for reward and punishment.…