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
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The child will become less dependent on adults. The colours in the classroom must be neutral which will calm the children and in contrast the colours of the works or items on the shelves should be brightly coloured to attract the attention of the child. This should be all be thought of before introducing children to the environment and this would be done so by the teacher of the class.
A Montessori teacher is not the main focus in a classroom. The teachers role is to guide the children’s focus to the materials and works they have prepared for the class. This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop." (Montessori, The Discovery of the Child, p111) The Teacher must create interest in learning for the children in the classroom.
The Montessori teachers role is to encourage independence in the children. Often a teacher will need to step back and prevent themselves from provide answers. “We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.”(Montessori,1949,p14) This will allow the child to learn though their own mistakes and provide their own answers themselves. A teacher must stand back and allow the child to work themselves.

A teacher must remain neutral in their response to a child’s success. It is important for a teacher to hold back from encouraging a child and it is natural to want to do so. Praise may seem as if you are boosting a child’s confidence but in doing so may


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