This is the third and final excerpt in a series of articles, aimed at parents who are interested in the HBM Primary learning environment.
Montessori Primary Teachers are required to have a Montessori Diploma recognised by the Council for Higher Education and be registered with SACE.
Some teachers have their B.Ed degree and follow HBM’s Montessori curriculum.
All HBM’s staff regularly update their Best Practice training – with an emphasis on positive discipline and virtues.
Constant interruptions by adults or imposed timetables detract from the child’s ability to concentrate and to become absorbed in their chosen activity. Respectful attitudes and behavior
The teacher models the behaviors and attitudes she wishes them to learn.
Teachers are exceptionally calm, kind, warm and polite to each child. Teachers look like they enjoy being with the children!
Teachers give frequent ‘grace and courtesy’ lessons to children, gently modeling and showing expected and desirable behavior.
The Montessori teacher is a trained observer of children’s behavior and learning. These careful observations enable the teacher to guide the child’s learning.
In order for the approach to be truly child-centred and child initiated, teachers are constantly observing what the children’s interests, strengths and dispositions are. Montessori teachers are hard to spot in a classroom. They will be working quietly with individual children or small groups, presenting new lessons or quietly observing.
Role of the teacher
A safe caring community is built between familiar adults and the children. Ideally the lead teacher needs to be the same person each day.
Role of the parents
Montessori schools work in partnership with the parents for the benefit of the child, fostering a dialogue with parents to promote understanding of Montessori philosophy and values.
There is an orientation process to the Montessori learning environment for both the child and the parents. There are opportunities for parents to learn about Montessori philosophy and practice.
There are magazines and books and resources available to borrow. Regular dialogue with staff and other feedback provides parents with information about their child’s learning and experiences. Schools offer support to what parents can do at home to support the work that happens in the Montessori classroom.