If the teacher has the ability to organize sincere respect for and interest in children and knowledge, there is no limit to the possibilities for a meaningful education in a Montessori elementary classroom.
Designing your schedule for the child’s success
When I first began teaching in the Montessori elementary environment, I tried to hold a morning circle time to take attendance and help outline our day. I was soon met with resistance; the children just wanted to get to work. Having a morning circle interrupted their natural inclination to work and learn. Bringing them together for circle time was for my convenience, not theirs. I soon realized that they worked better without the interruption, and I removed this from my morning routine. Instead, we came together right before lunch to discuss any issues and questions or do a little quick planning together.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.