Concepts of Montessori Teaching
"Maria Montessori emphasized the necessity of training Montessori teachers in observation and respect for a child's choices. Most women who are Montessori teachers are mothers, yet mothering, Maria says, is not a way for a teacher to be with a child. It's best a teacher be like an older sibling, indifferent to the child's secret life, yet present and caring of the child's choices. She must not interfere with the child's way to work at constructing his life and personality. Would one tear the petals from a rose that has not yet blossomed? A child's soul is a mystery to be revered, not to be imprisoned by another's power."
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