Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Difference Between Ordinary and Extraordinary
I've been considering as of late what makes a good Montessori teacher. We can all agree that the teacher must be trained in the materials and the theory. The teacher must understand child development. The teacher must communicate effectively with the parents. The teacher must be able to present the materials effectively, and keep adequate records. But what is the element that elevates an ordinary teacher to extraordinary? Dr Montessori says, "To stimulate life,–leaving it then free to develop, to unfold,–herein lies the first task of the educator. In such a delicate task, a great art must suggest the moment, and limit the intervention, in order that we shall arouse no perturbation, cause no deviation, but rather that we shall help the soul which is coming into the fullness of life, and which shall live from its own forces. This art must accompany the scientific method.