On top of that, while I was being written up, my husband drove by and saw the whole thing. Needless to say, I arrived at work shaken up and extremely late. My Montessori students were due to arrive any minute and I was not in the right mindset to greet them. I quickly made a cup of tea, turned on some soothing music, and sat at a table for a few moments of silent meditation.
Preparing for your day as a Montessori teacher is crucial part of preparing the environment. It is much more than just opening the door to your classroom a few minutes before the children arrive. When we enter that door, we need to leave the ‘emotional’ clutter behind. You may be running late, ran out of milk for breakfast, been up all night with a sick child, received a distressing phone call in the middle of the night or be overdrawn at the bank. Whatever the challenge, while this is important to you, being in the moment for your Montessori students is at the heart of the matter.
Here are a few preparation ideas for Montessori teachers/parents to consider:
Daily Preparation Routines for the Montessori TeacherMorning Preparation
At the beginning of the morning, create a calm, peaceful state of mind:
- Turn on calm, soothing music
- Brew some tea
- Light a candle (if allowed by regulations)
- Place fresh flowers in the room
- Turn on lights
- Check the snack area
- Tour shelves for a final check
- Write journal /word of day/problem of day on the board
- Sit and take some deep breaths
- Set out your first lesson with materials
- Be at the front door to great your students with a warm, welcoming smile on your face
- Review the day’s events with your assistant or co-teacher
- File all observations made during the day
- Empty your “inbox” of student work
- Make and return any parent communication
- Check and straighten shelves and materials
- Meditate and give thanks for the day
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© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Monday, April 12, 2010.