“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” - Dr Maria Montessori
The role of a Montessori teacher is one of a guide and observer, whose ultimate goal is to intervene less and less as the child develops. The Montessori teacher is also known as a directress, he/she carefully observes the children in the room to ascertain the developmental needs of each individual child.
The teacher builds an atmosphere of calm, order and joy in the classroom and encourages the children in all their efforts, thus promoting self-confidence and discipline. They then have the task of preparing the environment and the materials in it to meet the various needs of the individual child within the group.
As the child begin to make free choices and interact and discover the materials the teacher facilitates and guides their learning.
As a result a child who experiences a Montessori education is highly motivated and learns to be independent, self-confident and self-disciplined. This makes education a source of pleasure, for them-something to be sought and enjoyed.
There were certain aspects that Dr Montessori believed were very important for a child's natural development. These became the bases of the Montessori Curriculum.