Role of a Teacher
The Montessori teacher, known as a ‘directress’, is an acute observer of the children’s developmental stages and a preparer of the classroom environment. She is responsible for creating an environment of learning and inquisitiveness designed to move children from one activity and level to the next. The classroom is set up aesthetically with simple to complex, concrete to abstract, scientifically designed hands-on materials created by Dr. Montessori.
A Montessori teacher often steps back while the children are working, allowing them to learn from their own discoveries and draw their own conclusions. Rather than supplying children with answers, the Montessori teacher asks them how they would solve the problem by asking open-ended questions. She acts as a guide and facilitator, engaging children in the learning process and enhancing decision-making and thinking skills.
Our children learn not only from lessons presented by their teachers but directly from the well-prepared environment as well as from others in their peer group.
The Montessori teacher is trained to give lessons one-on-one or in small groups. Our teachers also give large group lessons during circle time. Lessons are brief and precise, meant to intrigue young minds so that they come back to learn more on their own independently. Our trained Montessori teachers are knowledgeable and effortlessly integrate resources in presenting and understanding history, art, music, math, botany, zoology, chemistry, physical geography, language, physics, geometry, and practical life work.
At AMPS, we avoid using rewards and punishments for good or poor work. We believe that the intrinsic satisfaction a child derives from the joy of learning is a reward in itself. Our teachers are supportive of a child‘s work and provide a trusting atmosphere so that a child’s personality has room to grow.