One-On-One Interaction with Teachers

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In a Montessori classroom the teacher acts as facilitator, mentor and coach. Because the Montessori philosophy places an emphasis on meeting the child where they are developmentally, the Montessori teacher plays much closer attention to the individual needs of the student. Their job is not to judge but to understand. The Montessori teacher is a master observer, who then uses his or her insight and experience to present students with appropriate materials and to open up new avenues of learning. As a result, faster learners aren’t constrained by the day’s lesson plan, while slower learners don’t have to feel constantly “behind.” Emphasis on the Whole Child, including Social and Emotional Development The Montessori method appeals to the full spectrum of intelligences and learning styles—logical, linguistic, kinesthetic, artistic, spatial, etc.—and seeks to educate the whole child. Because the quality of the overall learning environment is paramount, students are taught to take responsibility for the culture of their class. Students learn to respect each other’s “work” and to give each other the space and the tranquility that are conducive to learning. An emphasis on geography and world cultures encourages the child to be more tolerant toward others and understanding of differing world views.