“The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”
– Maria Montessori
The Montessori classroom is set up to facilitate hands-on learning, extended periods of concentration, and collaborative experiences. While students become deeply involved with their work, the guide may be working with one or two children at a time, presenting a new lesson, or quietly observing the class at work. Rather than depend on an adult for guidance or validation, Montessori children tackle difficult challenges and mentor one another. The Montessori materials themselves are designed to incorporate this concept of independence. Most of them include a built-in “control of error,” so that children are not dependent upon adults for answers. Instead, the children’s engagement with the materials enables self-learning.
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