Role of the teacher

In a Montessori environment the teacher is more of a guide and facilitator than a teacher in a traditional school. The teacher supports children's learning by preparing materials and a classroom climate of trust and support. The child makes the bulk of their decisions about the work they want to do, and self-directs their way around the classroom. The teacher determines when to introduce new materials by observing each child's progress, taking notes, and presenting new ideas to individual or small groups as indicated by their development. The teacher facilitates the discovery process for a child with a variety of integrated activities, which promotes creative and analytical thinking while emphasizing a sense of caring and community.
At Nsansa Montessori we have a high teacher to child ratio of three teachers to 20 children, ensuring that the children’s needs are always met and that they have the support they need to reach their potential. Observation allows us to follow the child. Each child is encouraged to learn at their own pace, and to focus for longer periods on areas of specific interest to them. Through conscientious observation and note-taking we are aware of each child’s progression through the different areas of the classroom and are able to guide them.

As Maria Montessori herself said “Education is not something the teacher does… It is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts in his [or her] environment.”
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