From the Montessori point of view, an adult must acquire tools of respect that lets them address a child without prizes or punishment, nor competitions and of course from kindness and stability.
We are therefore saying that the adult passes from being a child’s a controller to simply trying to connect with him or her through empathy, communication, love, equality, humility…
Accordingly, before starting this method, we must know the child, the evolutionary period in which their sensitive periods lie.
Respecting their rhythms, adapting to the needs of each stage. Making an observation, offering them what they need in each moment. Deeply respecting their characteristics and personality.
Characteristics of a Montessori Guide/Teacher
Montessori education seeks to educate children integrally: with physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth.
Besides helping the child to be an independent learner, teachers should foster group participation, collaboration and respect for the dignity of others.
The main abilities that every teacher at our Montessori school must have are:
- Good observer
By observation, guides know the interest, the learning method and temperament of every student. He or she also understands each one’s needs according to their development stage and always keeps in mind the child’s sensitive period.
With this information, guides choose materials and teaching methods that capture students’ attention and motivate them to learn. Once a concept or ability is learned, the teacher introduces new, much more complex and more abstract lessons.
- Creativity enabler
Guides must stimulate children’s creativity, sharing with students their achievements and leading them to a greater understanding of the concepts learned. While students progress, guides should modify the classroom environment, adapting the teaching materials to students’ needs.
- Character builder
It is very important for guides to foster a sense of community in the environment, making children grow in qualities that will help them to be more civic. By their own behavior and attitudes, guides should be a model of values such as empathy, compassion and acceptance of unique differences. It is important that guides foster every child to be kind and courteous.
To achieve these objectives, it is important they implement a number of group dynamics that encourage team work, responsibility, respect and the self-discipline.