The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
- Maria Montessori
This quote is awesome. It says that the teacher has empowered her students. Maria Montessori allowed children to learn through practical play. In doing so, she allowed the students to chose what they wanted to learn and explore what interests them. Through her unique teaching style she gives children the knowledge and understanding to tackle problems with confidence and skill. The students use their own logic and reasoning to find answers to their questions. The students explore and discover knowledge at deeper levels while the teacher acts as a guide.
The students are self confident, and eager to accept the challenge of learning new concepts. They are encouraged to use their own initiative and develop their abilities. The children are on the road of discovery and are directing their own learning. The students have the power and control of their own educational destiny. They learn what they need to learn through practical play.
This quote makes it possible for children to be imaginative and creative. They are allowed to follow areas of their own interests and think critically. They aren’t robots and learning by route, instead they use their own minds and ideas to solve problems.
On the negative side, student work would be more difficult to mark and grade. The consistency of the learning journey isn’t there as each student is learning at their own rate rather than a predetermined level.
This quote takes the curriculum which I tend to think of as a dull and boring document, and breathes life and vibrancy into it. Montessori’s approach makes the curriculum a dynamic tool allowing the teacher and the students to be creative.
Her students would love to come to school, as her classroom would be a place of ideas and revelations. It would be a fun place. I want to be like this teacher.