Montessori named her teachers as ‘guides’ because she believed that teaching was more than distributing knowledge into the mind of the child.
She believed that the role of the guide was to be the bridge between the child and the learning. Learning was not restricted to academic. Social, emotional, academic and physical development were all integrated into the syllabus with observations to monitor these aspects.
Guides are expected to prepare an environment perfect for learning to take place. A room filled with intrigue, excitement and discovery.
When the children enter the room there may be a box of shells on one table, some leaves and flowers on another. A tray filled with soil and magnifying glasses elsewhere.
As guides, we must allow exploration, experimentation and tactile learning to take place while you sit back and observe child centred learning take place before your very eyes.
Good teachers teach, but great teachers know when not to !
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