Montessori Classrooms

The Montessori teacher prepares the environment (i.e. the classroom) based on careful and continual observations of each child. Thus, the classroom provides developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities that interest the child. When the children are engaged in their activity-of-choice, the teacher may step back and allow them to learn at their own pace. There is no need for the teacher to provide motivation at this point. The children are driven by their own inner need for discovery “And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that 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 on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.”