The role of a Montessori teacher in the Montessori environment is unlike that of a traditional teacher. Maria Montessori considered the teacher’s role to be a dynamic link between the prepared environment and the child. Montessori teachers do not teach. Instead, the Montessori teacher prepares a learning environment full of purposeful activities designed to meet the developmental characteristics of the children in it. Then she guides, she observes and she directs the children as they learn from the activities and from other children in the social community. Her presence facilitates a calm, orderly, joyful atmosphere where children grow in their own individual abilities and in their ability to participate and contribute to the social group. She knows when to intervene, and above all, she knows when to step back. This knowledge isn’t something most people are born with, but it is something developed during Montessori teacher training.
At the heart of the AMI Montessori classroom is the teacher, referred to as the guide or the directress/director. Montessori teachers are referred to as guides because they are experts at assisting children discover their own strengths, capabilities and interests through the use of practical, self-correcting materials. An AMI Montessori teacher is adept at leading from behind; it is an art, a skill, an ability. Those who have completed AMI teacher training understand and see what it means to “believe in the child,” and how to best help all children discover the joys of learning.
AMI digital is an online site and store for Montessori teachers, offering card material (classified cards and elementary charts), AMI membership and access to publications from AMI and its Affiliated Societies. AMI members (including AMI (Canada) members) receive a 10% discount on purchases made on the site. Members will receive a discount code.