“To aid life…that is the basic task of the educator.” Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
Montessori education is based on the premise that children have an innate ability to learn and that when supported by an appropriate environment and educator, they are guided through their developmental needs to reach their full potential.
A Montessori classroom has a trained Montessori teacher, known as a Directress, supported by Assistant teacher. Montessori teachers have a teacher qualification plus additional Montessori specific training. The teacher is a guide whose task it is to support the young child in his journey of self-development.
The teacher provides a link between the child and the prepared environment, introducing the child to each piece of equipment when he is ready in a precise, clear and enticing way.
The most important attribute of a Montessori teacher is the love and respect she holds for each child’s total being.
The Montessori assistant’s role is to support the teacher and promote peace and order in the classroom. They value and respect the uniqueness of each child while consistently nurturing and modelling a love of learning.