The role of a Montessori teacher is that of an observer whose ultimate goal is to intervene less and less as the child develops. Eagle Harbour Montessori teachers create a positive, cooperative atmosphere in the classroom and encourage the students to develop self-confidence and inner discipline. Eagle Harbour teachers demonstrate the use of materials and present activities based on an assessment of the student’s requirements. Lessons are taught to individuals and small groups and students are assisted with individual projects of inquiry or further practice on a concept/skill. Knowing how to observe constructively and when, and how much, to intervene, is one of the most important skills Montessori teachers are trained to do. Montessori teachers are specially trained to act as a facilitator rather than an instructor, and the child learns to be independent in the learning process.
Eagle Harbour Montessori teachers respect each student’s uniqueness and plan the progress of each student in accordance with the needs, interest and abilities of the student. Individual readiness determines the introduction of new materials, and our teachers serve as a resource, guide and helper as he/she interacts with students in their studies, investigations and projects
Fostering Social Competence
At Eagle Harbour Montessori teachers use a variety of methods to promote pro-social skills, limit the use of rewards and punishments and encourage students to use effective communication to solve conflicts peacefully. Eagle Harbour teachers model the values of respect, grace and courtesy to instill these virtues of the Montessori philosophy.