NAME :SMRITHI R
1. Montessori has become a very popular name in the recent times. What are the qualities a person should have to imbibe the real Montessori spirit?
Ans. A Montessori directress is one who guides the children and helps them learn. A person involved in the Montessori house of children should have certain traits which will help them deal with children and help them to learn and grow. A person should have the following qualities :
Be the connection between the children and the materials. The person should know how to use the materials so as to help a child when asked to. Nothing should be difficult for the child or no material should be such that a child can’t touch it.
Be willing to learn from mistakes. Not only children, even adults make mistakes. As a part of the House of children, we should be willing to learn from our mistakes.
Lead the children toward independence. In a Montessori house of children, everything revolves around the child. The child is the centre of the classroom. The adult must work around this and guide the child towards independence.
Be prepared. Be ready for anything, and the adult will have an easier time dealing with the unexpected.
Dynamic link: They are the only adult with the children and from whom they can receive direct assistance while doing activities.
Observe everything: Concentration is the key to a child’s ability to learn, observation is the key to the teacher’s ability to guide. Systematic observation will help the development of the child.
Experimenter: The Montessori Method is based on experimentation done by Dr. Maria. Thus the directress should be one who is able to experiment often and observe the children.
Director: Though freedom is important for a child to develop in a house of children, it should be such freedom whereby the adult is monitoring the activities of the child.
Evaluator: The directress/adult in the house of children has to evaluate all details of the