The directress does not teach in the traditional sense. The child is introduced to learning experiences which answer the child’s special needs and which allow the child to explore and learn at their own rate. The teacher acts as a go-between or catalyst and affirms the child’s growth within the prepared environment.
The directress’ task is to support the child and act as a resource and guide through the process of the child’s unique development. Recognizing this:
- Learning occurs through discovery – assisted by the teacher;
- The curriculum is determined by the needs of the child
- The learning environment matches the child’s needs
- The child is led to assume responsibility of their own learning.
- The child is helped to set realistic goals which sustain interest
The parent as the primary educator is important so that the effectiveness of the program is dependent upon the close cooperation of the home and the school.
Specialist Teachers in the Montessori Classroom
Flexibility of procedure is the rule not the exception in Montessori. The child is always more important than pre-established routines. The Montessori program is committed to supporting the spontaneous unfolding of the life of the child. In keeping with this, the subject specialist in the Montessori classroom is avoided as much as possible. Too many adults in the environment make the child too dependent. The Montessori teacher must be creative and flexible part of the child’s learning environment.
Association Montessori Internationale
AMI was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori with the intention of serving two purposes: First, to further her life’s work in its original integrity and completeness; and second, to guide its development and application in the interests of all children. From its headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, AMI functions as the source of authentic Montessori training according to Maria Montessori’s principles as well as a center for continuing research and development.
Officially Recognized AMI Montessori schools meet AMI’s criteria in teacher training, classroom size, utilization of authentic Montessori materials, and a philosophical approach consistent with AMI guidelines.
The AMI has functioned without interruption since its inception and is the most reliable authority on authentic theory and practice.
Visit their website at: www.montessori-ami.org.
AMI Staff Certification
The AMI Diploma is awarded by recognized training courses. The recipient of the diploma is permitted to conduct Montessori classes and only those classes taught by accredited AMI diploma holders are eligible for recognition by the AMI.
PRMA seeks to be an AMI recognized school with appropriate teacher training, classroom materials, class timings, structure and philosophical approach. PRMA also welcomes students from the AMI Training Center each year for their practicums.