If you’re contemplating enrolling your child (or children) into a Montessori program, chances are you’ve done some research comparing the education method to that of traditional structure. In do your research, you’ve likely begun to understand the fundamental differences, especially when it comes to the curriculum itself. But, many people think that the two have on thing in common: the teacher is the center of the classroom. For Montessori, however, this is not the case. That’s why, today, we’ve put together 5 things Montessori teachers do differently.
1. Step Back and Observe
Each classroom is specifically designed to cater to the child, their interests and development. In order to learn these things, though, the teacher has to take a step back to observe each individual. On the other hand, once the environment is prepared, the teacher is able to take a hands-off approach so the child can explore and discover on their own.
2. Guide Instead of Instruct
Instead of being the center of the classroom, the Montessori teacher simply guides the growth and development of each student using the environment around them. This way, the child’s motivation is found from their own personal need to explore.
3. Give Individual Lessons
Every child is unique. The Montessori method fosters this concept in training teachers to help students in small groups or individually. This way, the child feels that their attention is important and is encouraged to become further engaged.
4. Shift Focus to Activities
Remember how we said the teachers are not the center of the classroom? That’s because they shift the focus to the environment and the activities that give each child an opportunity to grow and learn.
5. Follow the Child
Last, but certainly not least, Montessori teachers are trained to ‘follow the child.’ You’ve probably heard this term before, especially if you read our blog, but if you haven’t – following the child simply means the teachers allow the children to take the lead.