Role of the Adult
The role of the adult in Montessori is drastically different than that of a traditional teacher. The Montessori teacher is better understood as a guide who establishes, maintains and utilizes a prepared environment run on child rather than adult time. Her mandate is to use her expertise to create, inspire and direct a learning community that meets the needs of the children. Highly trained, she follows a clearly articulated approach including nurturing a culture of work that takes into account the psychological characteristics of the children of the age group involved. Other adults in the environment share this deeply respectful approach to the children and aim to work as a team supporting the program. Families and caregivers round out the necessary circle of support for the child.