Montessori Moments

July 22, 2009

Of the Teaching Profession

Filed under: from the child's perspective,teaching — The Full Montessori @ 2:52 am
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I had a conversation with a five-year old girl today while I was sitting and writing some observations. It went a little something like this:

Girl: Did you decide to be a teacher when you were a kid?
Me: No, I decided to become a teacher when I was an adult.
Girl: Oh, so you became a teacher instead of doing a lot of work.

Another student, a little boy who’s a real handful, once told me he wanted to become a teacher. Swelling with pride, I replied, “Really?” To which he answered, “Yes, because then you get to tell people what to do.”

Is that how children really see their teachers, as people who do very little work and tell others what to do? I remember viewing my teachers as paragons of knowledge, and if they told us what to do it was because rules were necessary for the functioning of our classroom society. I remind myself that respect breeds respect, and in every interaction I strive to treat the children with the respect they deserve as individuals and human beings. What more can be done?



  1. I happen to think that Montessori children have a lot of respect for their teachers. My daughter who will be six soon and who has attended a Montessori school since she was three, for the longest time, talked about how she wanted to be a teacher. She in fact used to sit with me and my husband in a circle and pretend to read books to us and do activities. When she became a Kindergartner, her teachers used to tell me that her favorite part of the day was when she was teaching the younger kids in the class. I find that even her peers just adore their teachers.

    Comment by gathu1 — August 13, 2009 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  2. I agree with you, gathu1, which is why I was so frustrated by the responses I received from these two particular children. Mind you, they respect me and I respect them, and we have a lovely relationship. That is one of my favorite aspects of the Montessori classroom. However, their skewed view of the teaching profession, and probably of adults in general, left me concerned. Thanks for your comment!

    Comment by peaceful guide — August 13, 2009 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

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