The Role of a Teacher in a Montessori Classroom

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Montessori’s developed method of educating the natural characteristics which influenced a child to learn. Her method is simply protecting these characteristics and allowing them to develop naturally. She believed that every child held the ability to learn but only needed to be shown or guided on how to correctly do so. The teachers role in the class room is to cater for these needs. 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 passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect…show more content…
The child may also associate praise with their behaviour and feel if they are not being praised they are not succeeding or doing well. It is a difficult position as it is instinct to praise when a child has done well but a Montessori teacher must be able to do so correctly. In Montessori it is taught to the teacher that it is the child’s right to freedom but within limits. “If everyone did exactly as they pleased chaos would reign, then nobody could do as they pleased. Freedom would effectively be gone.”(Walls, 2006, p4). These limits are kept my the basic rule of respect By treating others with courtesy and care it will be expected back. Making this happen with young children will takes patience from the teacher. The rules should be told and shown to the class, this way a child can self correct their behaviour and lean from themselves. By enforcing this the teacher has taught the children to respect others and given them the gift of patience as they learn of turn taking etc. The role of a Montessori teacher is complex and has many layers to it. The teacher’s role must be an observer as well as an educator. The teacher must cater for the needs of the child. Be the link between the prepared environment. The techer must have a complete understanding of Montessori to be successful within the class room, as a child’s mind is so absorbent at the ages of three to six, Irreversible damage may be cause without this. References: Issah,
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