I wish I had read this blog when I first started to learn about the Montessori method. I went through a stage of trying to define what made the prescription for the Montessori classroom. I lived in a rural area and had seen only a few elementary classrooms early in my training. I am proud to say my ability to set up, arrange and organize the Montessori elementary environment has grown through my NAMC experience.
I still go through brief moments of doubt when I feel everything is chaotic, and I do sometimes miss my traditional rows of desks and everyone turning to the same page of their math textbooks. As a matter of fact, the last time I felt that way a few boys in the Montessori classroom were building a robot, one of my girls was solving binomials, several were working on the pin map of Africa, the Timeline of People was out with books on early man, another student was working on an embroidery project. The classroom felt like a whirlwind of activity.
Montessori Teacher Perspectives: Prepared Environment and Classroom Design
I am growing as a Montessori teacher and now I see that by giving the classroom to the students, they give me so much more than I could ever ask for in return. Adding a few items that are beautiful, that show my personality and make it feel like our home contribute to the process of making our Montessori environment a comfortable place that encourages a love of learning.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, July 14, 2011.