The Role Of Teacher As A Montessori Teacher Essay

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The Role of the Teacher Introduction In a Montessori School, the word Teacher is used as Directress instead. In her writings, Maria Montessori used the word “Direttoressa” taken from the Italian word “direttore” which when looking into the meaning of the word is less about telling people what to do but more about steering people in the right direction. It is not only used for teacher but also for conductor, editors and managers. The word “Directress” which is used today was first used in translation of the book The Montessori Method in 1912 by the American, Anne Everett George. If we look again at the meaning of the Directress referred to above, it is the perfect description of the Role of a Montessori Teacher. She also believed that Montessori teacher’s ultimate objective is to help the children to learn how to learn independently, retaining the curiosity, creativity, and intelligence with which they were born. Therefore, Montessori teachers do not simply present lessons; they are facilitators, mentors, coaches, and guides for the children. The Role of the Teacher The role of a Montessori Directress is the vital link between that of the child and the environment. "She is the main connecting link between the material, that is, the objects, and the child.” Montessori believed that only a certain type of person suited the role of a Montessori teacher “The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In our system, she must become a
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