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What are the essential qualities of a good Montessori teacher, and why are these essential from the child's point of view?

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Montessori St. Nicholas Foundation Course (Birth - 6) Unit No. 13 Assignment 13a: What are the essential qualities of a good Montessori teacher, and why are these essential from the child's point of view? Assignment 13b: Describe in detail the changing demands made on the teacher and how she adjusts her role in the classroom accordingly? Name: Lim C. Chong MSN Student Reference: 14789 Address: 43 Alexander Street Cockle Bay Howick AUCKLAND New Zealand Contents of Assignment 13 Introduction 3 Assignment No: 13a 4 Introduction 4 Role of Montessori Teacher 5 Formal Training 7 Spiritual Preparation 10 Conclusion and summary 14 Assignment No: 13b 16 Demands on the Montessori teacher 17 Establishment of order 18 Discipline vs. Spontaneous activity 19 Before concentration is established 20 Concentration is achieved through a process 21 When Concentration is achieved 22 Conclusion 24 Bibliography 25 Introduction Objective of this document Objective of this document The objective of this paper is to provide the answers for Unit 13, Assignment 13 a & b of the MSN foundation course. This paper is separated into two sections. Each section title contains the Assignment number and the associated question. Document structure and conventions Presentation approach This essay is presented using the Information Mapping presentation style, which is a structured approach to documentation. The information Mapping presentation style is described in detail in the report for Assignment 1. The following conventions are applied to the text formats in this assignment: > Normal essay content in normal Arial 12 font size > " Quotes taken from text and references in italics, Arial 11 font" > Titles and headings in Arial 12 bold and underlined, > Source of quotes and references in bold italics Arial 8 Information source Information source The contents or source of information for this assignment is derived from unit 13 of the course material and the reference list found in the Bibliography section of this document on page 25 Assignment No: 13a Question: What are the essential qualities of a good Montessori teacher, and why are these essential from the child's point of view? ...read more.

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- Discovery, Chap 3, The teaching methods, page 51. From teacher to directress "One who follows my method teaches little, observes a great deal, but rather directs the psychic activities of the children and their physiological development. This is why I have changed her name from teacher to that of a "directress" "- discovery of the child, Chap 11, The technique, page 163. Observation skill needs to be cultivated in the spirit Dr. Montessori also recognises that the ability and the skill to observe do not come naturally to everyone. Hence she advocates that this skill must be developed in the Montessori teachers by practice and by conscious cultivation. "a habit...must be developed by practice...To observe it is necessary to be trained. This training for scientific observation is not a matter primarily of mechanical skill...It is my belief that the thing which we should cultivate in our teachers is more the spirit than the mechanical skill of the scientist; ...direction of preparation should be toward the spirit rather than toward the mechanism." - A modern approach, page 80. The Montessori teacher is a role model Disposition and appearance We learnt earlier in this course that the teacher is a role model for the children in the manner in which she carries and conduct herself in the Montessori classroom environment. In that respect, the essential qualities of a Montessori teacher must include her disposition and appearance. "The teacher's appearance is the first step in gaining the child's confidence and respect. The teacher should study her own movements, to make them as gentle and as graceful as possible." - Absorbent, Chap 27,The teachers preparation, page 253. Continued on next page Spiritual Preparation, Continued Disposition and grooming In this context, her > appearance is not in her physical beauty but the way she is groomed, by the clothes she wears and the way in which she wears them. ...read more.

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of the "directress" and: > intervene only if asked > introduce and present new things when she knows the child has exhausted all possibilities of those he was using before - Absorbent, Chap 27, The teacher's preparation, page 256. Finally, the "What a great sign of success for a teacher thus transformed? It is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Absorbent, Chap 27, The teacher's preparation, page 259. Conclusion A summary of points In conclusion, the main points presented in this essay can be summarised as follows: > A teacher's role in a Montessori environment is changing all the time depending on the composition of her class. > In a new Montessori environment, a teacher must go through a process over time to achieve normalisation and concentration in the class. > In the process of the road to achieving concentration, the Montessori teacher must go through one or several roles in order to facilitate the children in their transformation. > Once concentration is achieved, the Montessori teacher must use her discernment skills to determine: * Whether to leave the child alone to his fragile state of concentration * what stage of concentration is the child at * when to introduce new materials to the child Departing thoughts Finally, "If the teacher meets the needs of a group of children entrusted to her, she will see the qualities of social life burst surprisingly into flower and will have the joy of watching these manifestations of the childish soul...It is the privilege of the traveller when he reaches an oasis and hears the water surging from the sandy breast of the desert which had seemed so arid, fiery and hopeless; for the higher qualities of the human soul are usually hidden in the deviated child, and when they appear, the teacher by whom they had been foreseen welcomes them with the joy of a faith rewarded." - Absorbent, Chap 27, The teacher's preparation, page 257. ...read more.

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