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Teacher bios, broadwater school, rebekah  harris.

Classroom Assignment:  Lower Elementary, Grades 1-3

Training/Certification:  Bachel or of Science in Elementary Education from Carroll College with a minor in Special Education; Lower Elementary certification from North American Montessori Center.

Personal Statement:  “I am passionate about my educational role in your child’s life and do not take this amazing responsibility lightly. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another human but, must learn and discover for themselves. In the classroom, I work to build an environment where learning is cultivated and safe to inspire, imagine, and grow.”

Robyn Smith

Classroom Assignment: Lower Elementary, Grades 1-3

Training/Certification: Robyn is certified in Montessori from Authentic Institute of Montessori. She attained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from MSU-Bozeman.  Robyn also has a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.

Personal Statement:  “This career is important to me because I love the “ah-ha” moments that come from a child’s discovery. I believe that gaining a love of curiosity and learning is key to their future success.  All while building academics and the social emotional growth that combine character, integrity, and respect.”  

Jodi Delaney

Classroom Assignment: Upper Elementary, Grades 4 and 5

Years in District:   Since 2007 Years in Montessori: Since 2009

Training/Certification: Training/Certification:  B.A. Broadfield degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Visual Arts and an Area of Concentration in Ceramics, a minor in History for Secondary Education, and an Area of Concentration in Middle School Teaching 2004. Lower Elementary Montessori Certification from North American Montessori Center 2009, Upper Elementary Montessori Certification from North American Montessori Center, 2012, Gilder-Lehrman, History Teacher of the Year for the State of Montana, 2013, Masters of Arts Integration for Education, College of Fine and Performing Arts, University of Montana 2015, Montana Teacher Leader in the Arts, Montana Arts Council and Office of Public Instruction 2015, Centennial Bell Award for Montana History Teacher of the Year 2017, and National Board Certification in Middle Childhood 2017.

Personal Statement: “I enjoy teaching with a Montessori philosophy because it helps me meet the differing needs of my students as effectively as possible.  The Montessori materials and lessons meld together with the District’s public school curriculum to provide a rich wealth of learning opportunities that can be tailored to individuals.  The multi-age aspect of Montessori classrooms also provides for a host of benefits to children as they progress through the program and become leaders in their own right.  I feel the emphasis on teaching young people to do and think for themselves, and learn to problem-solve independently, are great skills they will use for the rest of their lives.”

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Elizabeth (libby) kenney.

Training/Certification: Libby graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a minor in Psychology. She then went on to receive her Lower Elementary certification from North American Montessori Center. Libby obtained her Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.

Personal Statement: “I believe Montessori style schooling makes learning fun and enjoyable for the students. I really enjoy watching kids learn at their own pace and guiding them through their discoveries.”

Amy Casne-Fetz

Classroom Assignment: Lower Elementary, Grades 1-3

Years in Montessori: Since 2016

Training/Certification: Major in Elementary Education and Minor in Music from Carroll College. Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Differentiation from Graceland University. Montessori Endorsement from Age of Montessori in Bozeman, Montana.

Personal Statement:   “After 19 years in regular education, I needed a change and a new challenge. In 2016, I began the Montessori endorsement process while also teaching in a lower Montessori classroom at Central. I found that I loved this method of teaching! The Montessori Method–learning through hands-on materials and harnessing the imagination–engages students at all ages and all levels. “

Tony Napoletano

Years in Montessori: Since 2014

Training/Certification:  Tony Napoletano started teaching Central Upper Montessori in 2014.  Before that he lived in Seattle, Washington.  In Seattle he taught at a small independent elementary school and, during the summer, environmental education with Seattle Parks and Recreation.  Tony received his B.A. from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Montana in 2011 and spent a year teaching Math and Language Arts at Browning Middle School.  Tony received his Montessori certification at the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) in 2016.  When he is not teaching he enjoys hiking or running with his dog, bicycle commuting,  watching the Sounders FC, and learning new things from books and PBS.

Smith School

Shannon callahan.

Years in District: Since 1998 Years in Montessori:  Since 1999

Training/Certification: Montessori Teacher Education Center of San Francisco Bay Area/Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education/ Master of Science in Education, Learning Developments/National Board Certified Teacher

Personal Statement:   “I enjoy Montessori because of the connections I get to build with my students and their families. Having the same student for three years closes learning gaps over summer break. I know the families and children and we are able to work together to best educate the child because we have time to develop a strong rapport of trust and understanding while working as a team.”

Katy Wright

Years in District:  Since 2003 Years in Montessori:  Since 2013

Training/Certification: Katy Wright graduated with degrees in Theatre and Russian from Middlebury College in Vermont. She went on to receive her K-8 teaching credential from California State University, Northridge and her lower elementary Montessori credential from Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute in Kalispell, MT. She completed a master’s degree in Montessori education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and works with local and national organizations on advocating for public Montessori education for the benefit of all students, teachers, and our public education system. Katy has lived in Helena since 2001 and is active in the local performing arts community.

Personal Statement: “I strongly believe that the Montessori instructional model better allows students to develop their executive functioning skills than the single grade level model. Through the multiage environment, multiple years with the same teacher, and specialized hands-on materials, students can develop their independence and master both academic and social/emotional skills simultaneously.”

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” – Maria Montessori

Debra Beaver

Training/Certification: Upper Elementary certification from Center for Montessori Teacher Education New York

Personal Statement: “One of the aspects I appreciate about Montessori education is that it taps into children’s natural curiosity about the world.  Students are encouraged to take an active role in their learning- to find answers to their questions.  There are typically a variety of ways students can show what they know, which supports a wide range of learning styles.”

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What is a teacher training personal statement?

The teacher training personal statement is your opportunity to let training providers know about your qualities, skills and expertise, and why you want to teach.

While your application form briefly outlines your qualifications, skills and work experience, your teaching personal statement is where your personality shines through.

Take your time with it, be prepared to receive constructive feedback and write a few drafts before you send it off.

How do I write a good teacher training personal statement?

To help you write a successful teacher training personal statement, we recommend you include:

  • use examples to back everything up, based on your teaching experience so far
  • tailor your personal statement according to the age group you wish to teach
  • write using concise English, using first person terms such as 'my' and 'I'
  • be original and honest - don't embellish the truth or lie outright
  • avoid clichés and general statements, such as 'since a young age' or 'I've always wanted to be a teacher'
  • demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for teaching.

You have up to 4,000 characters to write a memorable opening, middle and conclusion.

Don't waste your valuable space on writing about things that are already on your UCAS form elsewhere, such as your qualifications.

What should I include in my teacher training personal statement?

When planning out your personal statement, ask yourself what it is your training providers are looking for. Make sure your statement answers the following questions:

  • Why do I want to teach? - show that you know about the challenges and rewards of teaching, and remember that everything has its ups and downs. Maybe talk about any lessons you have observed/taught, what went well and how you would have improved on them. Discuss teaching styles used and the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Why do I want to teach this age group/at this level? - what appeals to you, and what experience do you have teaching these students/children?
  • What are my strengths? - include the relevance of your degree and subject knowledge.
  • What experience do I have? - include any experience you have of volunteering with children, such as teaching a sports team, youth work or working at a summer camp? Give examples of how this helpd develop your teaching skills.
  • What personal skills/abilities do I have? - these might include research, creativity, time management, IT skills, problem solving, managing people, organisational skills, listening skills, leading or working in a team. To strengthen your application, make sure you back everything up with examples.
  • Are there are any location restrictions? - if you don't currently live in the UK, why do you want to study here? Are you willing to move away from your current home town/city for your degree?

You only have up to 47 lines (4,000 characters including spaces) in which to persuade your chosen initial teacher training (ITT) providers to offer you an interview. The statement must be concise, enthusiastic and sell your potential to be a successful teacher.

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What is a teacher training degree?

Teacher training degrees combine the study of curriculum subjects with learning teaching techniques and putting these into practice during hands-on school placements. The course leads to QTS (qualified teacher status) to enable you to teach in a school or college.

How long is a teacher training course?

To teach in England and Wales you need to gain QTS. You will obtain this on an ITT programme, which could be school or university-based and takes approximately one year to complete.

How do I become a teacher with a degree?

To teach as a qualified teacher in England, you'll need qualified teacher status (QTS). If you already have a degree, you can complete a postgraduate teacher training course to achieve this. Additionally, you'll need to have a GCSE at grade C/4 in maths and English, as well as science if you want to teach primary.

Can I train to be a teacher without a degree?

Unfortunately no - you cannot become a teacher without a degree.

But if you are an undergraduate or have a degree in a different subject than what you want to teach, there are options to help you get into a teaching career.

Will I get paid for teacher training?

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

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Montessori Education Philosophy

Definition of montessori education philosophy.

The Montessori Education Philosophy is a learning adventure where kids are in charge of what they explore, and teachers are the ones guiding them along the journey. Created by Dr. Maria Montessori, this method believes children learn best when they’re working independently and at their own speed. With unique tools and activities for various age groups, Montessori classrooms are tailored to encourage the growth and learning of each student. Another way to grasp it is to think of Montessori as an educational system that treats learning like a personal treasure hunt, with every child equipped with their own map and compass to find knowledge that excites them most.

Types of Montessori Education Philosophy

Different age groups experience the Montessori method in ways that suit their development:

  • Infant/Toddler Montessori (Birth to 3 years): Even the youngest kids discover essential skills like moving, communicating, sorting, and beginning to take care of themselves.
  • Primary Montessori (Ages 3 to 6 years): During these years, children’s activities focus on everyday life skills, sensory exploration, and the foundations of academic subjects.
  • Elementary Montessori (Ages 6 to 12 years): Elementary students apply learning through interconnected projects that encompass a broad range of subjects, encouraging them to explore their interests deeply.
  • Adolescent Montessori (Ages 12 to 18 years): Older students prepare for adulthood by studying complex topics like economics, participating in community endeavors, and finding personal modes of expression.

Examples of Montessori Education Philosophy

  • Self-directed Activity: A Montessori student may engage with a math puzzle by choice, an example of the freedom to follow personal interest and initiative inherent in the Montessori philosophy. This encourages independent thought and decision-making.
  • Mixed-age Classrooms: In Montessori schools, students of different ages work together, like a young child learning from an older one, which is crucial for fostering social skills and mentorship, integral aspects of Montessori education.
  • Role of the Teacher: Rather than being the main source of knowledge, Montessori teachers support students in finding answers independently, fostering a sense of self-direction and confidence.
  • Prepared Environment: A classroom filled with learning materials designed for interactive and self-correcting exploration, such as math beads or sandpaper letters, exemplifies Montessori’s belief in a tangible and inviting learning environment.

Why is it important?

Montessori is about more than academic success; it’s about developing well-rounded individuals. By focusing on personal growth, such as building friendships, understanding emotions, and developing physical coordination, Montessori education cultivates a child’s capacity to be compassionate and adaptable. Students are encouraged to delve into topics that fascinate them, fostering a lifelong love of learning. They are also taught how to manage their time, persevere through challenges, and undertake projects—skills invaluable in every aspect of life, both during school years and beyond.

Dr. Maria Montessori, an innovative Italian educator, planted the seeds of this educational reform over a century ago. Beginning with a school for children who needed different learning approaches, she discovered that her methods benefited all children. The first Montessori school, known as Casa dei Bambini (“Children’s House”), was opened in Rome in 1907. Montessori’s approach emphasized hands-on learning and self-discovery, revolutionizing the traditional education system.

Controversies

Despite its successes, Montessori education is not without its critics. There are debates about its accessibility and whether it’s suited for every child. Critics also question how well Montessori students adjust to traditional schools, which differ greatly in structure and assessment. Lastly, there’s discussion about what truly defines a Montessori school and what criteria must be met for it to be authentic and effective.

Montessori Education Philosophy in Practice

Around the world, Montessori schools create environments where learning is dynamic and student-centered. These classrooms are hubs of activity, with children engaging in tangible learning experiences and learning through discussion and collaboration. Montessori materials are designed to reinforce learning by enabling students to identify and correct their own mistakes, promoting a sense of independence and self-motivation.

To summarize, the Montessori Education Philosophy is a unique approach that fosters independent learning, personal growth, and a zest for knowledge. This approach nurtures children’s individuality, empowering them to achieve their full potential. While there may be varied opinions regarding the Montessori approach, its longevity and the positive experiences of many families and educators attest to its value in the modern world of education. With its focus on life-long skills and personal development, Montessori education offers benefits that extend well beyond childhood.

Related Topics

  • Child-Centered Learning: Montessori puts kids at the center of their own education. It’s all about understanding each child’s unique needs and interests and shaping the learning experience to fit them.
  • Experiential Learning: Montessori students engage in “learning by doing,” taking on hands-on tasks like creating a garden or constructing models, which makes the learning process vibrant and memorable.
  • Progressive Education: This broader educational movement values preparing students for real-life situations rather than simply providing them with facts. Montessori is recognized as a progressive approach because it prepares kids for the changing world.
  • Alternative Education: Montessori is often grouped with other non-traditional schooling models that break away from conventional methods. It stands out as one of the more established and successful approaches within the range of alternative education pathways.

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[Lillian Day]

[Montessori Teacher]

[123 Apple Street, Seattle, WA 98101 | [email protected] | (206) 123-4567 | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/xxxxx]

Personal Statement

Empathetic and experienced Montessori Teacher with a passion for promoting creativity and fostering student growth. Has guided over 100 students using play-based teaching and individualized instruction, achieving high levels of engagement and normalization.

Lead Montessori Teacher | Lake Washington Montessori, Seattle, WA | Sep 2018 – Present

  • Developed and implemented a play-based teaching curriculum tailored to the needs of 30+ students annually.
  • Guided an average of 6 children per year with special needs towards normalization and integration.
  • Increased student participation by 20% by fostering an environment promoting empathy and creativity.
  • Established effective communication channels with parents, improving parent involvement by 30%.

Assistant Montessori Teacher | Happy Kids Montessori, Seattle, WA | Aug 2015 – Aug 2018

  • Supported the Lead Teacher in preparing Montessori materials, leading to an organized and efficient classroom environment.
  • Assisted in implementing individualized instruction plans for a diverse class of 25 students.
  • Coordinated and managed classroom activities that resulted in a 15% increase in student engagement.

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) | University of Washington, Seattle, WA | Sep 2011 – Jun 2015

  • Major in Early Childhood Education, GPA: 3.8/4.0
  • Graduated with honors and received the Dean’s Award for academic excellence
  • Empathetic communication
  • Individualized instruction
  • Creativity and innovation in curriculum development
  • Understanding of Montessori principles and materials
  • Play-based teaching strategies
  • Proficient in conflict resolution and classroom management

Certifications

  • Montessori Teacher Certification, American Montessori Society (AMS), 2016
  • English: Native Proficiency
  • Spanish: Professional Working Proficiency

Montessori Teacher Resume Vocabulary & Writing Tips

The Montessori teaching environment differs from the traditional school system in more ways than one. The philosophies are different and so is the action words used. Using Montessori buzzwords in your resume is an effective way to prove your familiarity with the philosophy and passion for helping children learn.

Words to Use

  • Cosmic Education
  • Didactic Materials
  • Practical life activities
  • Planes of development
  • Sensitive period
  • Normalization
  • Primary classroom
  • Sensorial materials
  • Control of error
  • Concrete to abstract
  • Children’s house
  • Absorbent mind
  • Ground rules

Action Verbs

Montessori teacher resume tips and ideas.

The Montessori Method focuses on providing student-centered learning in an enriching learning environment that allows student to access various experiences and materials. The goal of this style of education is creation of confident, independent, respectful and competent students. The role of a Montessori Teacher is to assess a student’s learning progress and to provide guidance into new areas of discovery.

A Montessori Teacher resume is almost similar to a regular educator’s resume but it leans toward the philosophies and ideals of Montessori education. A well written Montessori Teacher resume should highlight teaching methods and skills relevant to a Montessori teaching environment.

  • Chronological format  is highly recommended
  • Combination  resume format is perfect if you have minimal work experience or gaps in your career
  • Consider the following design tips and ideas:
  • Organize your sections and space them with margins
  • Use subheadings and bullets to breakup information
  • Use formal font and layout
  • Contact information
  • Resume summary statement
  • Skills and competences

Work experience

  • Education background
  • Awards and professional recognitions
  • Additional qualifications
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Volunteer experience

Resume Length

1 Letter Page = 8.5” x 11”

Most recruiters are mainly interested in the work experience of a Montessori Teacher. The chronological resume format is the best in showcasing an applicant’s work experience starting with the most recent job followed by the rest in a reverse-chronological order. This format is the friendliest to Applicant Tracking Software which filters out resumes before they make it to the recruiters.

The combination resume format focuses largely on skills. This makes it ideal for inexperienced job applicants or those with gaps in their work history.

You can use  resume templates  from our online  resume maker  to create a professional Montessori Teacher resume with the right format.

Recruiters barely have time to go through the hundreds of resumes they receive from job seekers. As such, your Montessori Teacher resume should be presentable and easy to read or else it will get a quick dismissal.

Review the design of your resume to correct any design errors. To maintain the format and design, save and send your resume in PDF format unless stated otherwise in the job application instructions.

It is illegal in the U.S. for recruiters to make hiring decisions based on appearance, unless it is a factor in the job. As such hiring managers frown upon resumes with photos. Do not include a headshot in your Montessori Teacher resume.

Sections of a Montessori Teacher Resume

All sections of your resume are important but your greatest focus should be on the main ones. These are the sections that influence the recruiters’ decision on whether to move you to the next phase of the recruitment process or not.

These primary sections include:

Optional sections are supposed to boost your resume and improve your chances of getting hires. These include the following:

The idea of a resume is to provide as much relevant information in as few words as possible. Recruiters do not have the time to read lengthy resumes. A one-Letter Page (8.5” x 11”) is enough to highlight all the strengths that make you the right fit for a Montessori Teaching position. However, if you are vastly experienced, two pages are allowed to give you enough space to clearly outline your career path.

Montessori Teacher Resume Section Headings

The sections of your resume should tell the same story. Create a uniform Montessori Teacher resume where all sections match. The skills section for example should not mismatch with the education or work experience sections.

The work experience section is the best indicator of the achievements you have made and skills you have gained in your career. You must provide recruiters with exhaustive detail of your Montessori teaching experience and the responsibilities you have undertaken.

If you have experience in both regular and Montessori education, you ought to separate the two experiences so as to draw attention to the relevant experience. If you only have experience teaching in a regular education environment, you should highlight Montessori related teaching methods and achievements you have made in your past jobs.

Include responsibilities that you may have taken on beyond your job description to prove your passion and dedication as an educator. It is even more advantageous if these additional responsibilities promote Montessori principles.

Just like in the regular education environment, teaching credentials are required in order to legally work as a Montessori Teacher. For this to be given, formal training is required which often involves acquiring a bachelor’s degree followed by Montessori training. The degree does not have to be in education and the Montessori courses take a year or less. The most highly regarded Montessori teaching diplomas are those accredited by the AMI (Association Montessori Internationale). Other accrediting associations include American Montessori Society (AMS) and International Montessori Council (IMC)

List all your relevant academic qualifications with the main focus being on those on Montessori education. Specify your area of expertise depending on your certification. This could be any age range from infant to secondary levels.

In this section, you get to highlight the teaching methods that you are most skilled in using. When applying for a Montessori teaching position, you will want to emphasize your skills related to this education style. Some of these skills include: student behavior management, play-base teaching, individualized instruction, classroom management and student-centered teaching.

To market yourself further, you should also include general soft skills that include: Empathy, flawless pronunciation, strong work ethic, IT proficiency and time management skills.

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Becoming A Montessori Teacher

In the United States, many courses are organized into summer institutes, which can involve one, two or more summers of intensive study, followed by a supervised year-long practicum/student teaching experience.  Other courses run during the school year.  Each model has its loyal advocates, and the selection of one over the other is a matter of personal preference.  Montessori teacher education programs are typically offered at the infant-toddler (birth to age 2), early childhood (ages 3-6), lower elementary (ages 6-9), upper elementary (ages 9-12), and secondary levels (ages 12-15 and ages 15-18).  Most courses in the United States require a college degree; although, students who have yet to complete their undergraduate diploma may be able to take a Montessori teacher education course and receive a provisional Montessori teaching certificate. Tuition will vary from one program to another.  Unfortunately, the quality of Montessori teacher education programs can vary.  One basic consideration is the credibility of the diploma received upon completion. Since 1995, the United States Department of Education has recognized the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) which is generally recognized as the essential sign of a program's credibility. Since then, MACTE accreditation has become widely recognized around the world.  Several Montessori organizations affiliate Montessori teacher education programs in the United States, and many more in other countries. Most, but not all, of their programs are also accredited by the MACTE commission.  They include the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), International Montessori Council (IMC), Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), and the Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS). A number of smaller Montessori associations and a number of independent programs also offer accredited Montessori teacher education programs also are accredited by MACTE.  Distance Learning: Several organizations around the world offer blended residential and distance learning programs or correspondence courses, which allow students to complete some of their Montessori teacher education studies online.  Keep in mind, that teachers in the United States normally graduate from colleges or teacher education institutes that offer a traditional face-to-face academic program. If you are considering a distance-learning program, you should understand that a number of states do not accept these credentials. Individual schools may also be unwilling to consider graduates of a distance-learning program. It is always a good idea to check with several schools where you would like to teach to determine if the Montessori teacher education program that you are considering will meet their standards.  The IMC-affiliated Center for Guided Montessori Studies (www.guidedstudies.com) is fully accredited by MACTE, and blends residential and distance learning into very high quality Montessori teacher education.  Salaries for teachers in independent/private Montessori schools are generally acceptable but commonly below those offered by local public schools.  Many Montessori teachers feel that these lower salaries and benefits are more than offset by greater job satisfaction and freedom from the paperwork and bureaucracy found in many public-school systems.  Salaries are often calculated on a scale based on degrees, experience, and duties.  Montessori teachers are generally in short supply, and in many situations, Montessori certified teachers will find several schools competing for their services.  For a list of the accredited teacher education programs in the US, Canada, and many other countries as well, go to either the individual organization websites or go to the MACTE website at www.macte.org.  If you are searching for a Montessori teacher education program, you might also wish to contact the Montessori schools in your area. Through them, you will obtain information as to what is available in your region and what form of certification they require? especially if you are hopeful of obtaining employment with them in the future. There are many good teacher education programs available in the United States and abroad. In the years to come, there will undoubtedly be even more, as the demand for Montessori teachers increases.

With the steady growth in the number and enrollment of Montessori schools around the world, certified Montessori teachers are in great demand.

Montessori teachers come from a wide range of backgrounds.

In many parts of the United States, a four-year college degree is a requirement to teach at an independent/nonpublic or public school at all age levels; however, except for areas where even independent/nonpublic school teachers are required to hold a state teaching credential, it is not necessary for prospective teachers to have first graduated with a degree in education. Many Montessori teachers studied another field first.

Many parts of the United States allow preschool teachers to teach without requiring a college degree.

Because these requirements vary from place to place, prospective teachers need to check with either local schools or the State Department of Education to determine the requirements where they would like to teach.

The same rule applies elsewhere around the world. It is essential to confirm national and state/provincial regulations.

Teacher training

Many Montessori teachers began first as parents with children enrolled in a Montessori school. Often the very factors that drew enthusiastic parents to a Montessori school in the first place offer the possibility of a professional life beyond their roles as parents. It is common for enthusiastic parents to approach their children’s school or are themselves approached about the possibility of taking a course in Montessori teacher education.

Montessori teacher education programs are available from hundreds of colleges and independent institutes across America and Canada. Courses are available in many other countries as well. Usually, Montessori teacher education programs involve a year or more of study.

In the United States, many courses are organized into summer institutes, which can involve one, two, or more summers of intensive study followed by a supervised year-long practicum/student teaching experience.

Other courses run during the school year.

Each model has its loyal advocates, and the selection of one over the other is a matter of personal preference.

Montessori teacher education programs are typically offered at the infant-toddler (birth to age 2), early childhood (ages 3-6), lower elementary (ages 6-9), upper elementary (ages 9-12), and secondary levels (ages 12-15 and ages 15-18).

Most courses in the United States require a college degree, although students who have yet to complete their undergraduate diploma may be able to take a Montessori teacher education course and receive a provisional Montessori teaching certificate.

Tuition will vary from one program to another.

It is common for Montessori schools to sponsor someone who they know—an assistant, substitute, or a parent of one of their students—through Montessori teacher education. In most cases, the school covers the cost of the program upfront and forgives the expense in return for a commitment to teach at the school for a number of years.

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Unfortunately, the quality of Montessori teacher education programs can vary.

One basic consideration is the credibility of the diploma received upon completion. Since 1995, the United States Department of Education has recognized the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), which is generally recognized as the essential sign of a program’s credibility. Since then, MACTE accreditation has become widely recognized around the world. Visit their website for a list of accredited programs. ( www.macte.org )

Several Montessori organizations affiliate Montessori teacher education programs in the United States and many more in other countries. Most, but not all, of their programs, are also accredited by the MACTE commission.

They include the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), International Montessori Council (IMC), Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), and the Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS). A number of smaller Montessori associations and a number of independent programs also offer accredited Montessori teacher education programs also are accredited by MACTE.

Online Montessori Training: We are often asked if one can become a Montessori teacher online. We recommend against this, even though several centers offer programs that are entirely online. Teacher education involves supervised student teaching and an in-person component even if a substantial portion of the coursework is delivered online. Online-only programs are not accredited.

Several organizations around the world offer blended residential and distance learning programs or correspondence courses, which allow students to complete some of their Montessori teacher education studies online. The IMC-affiliated Center for Guided Montessori Studies ( www.guidedstudies.com ) is a good example of a Montessori teacher education program that is fully accredited by MACTE and blends residential and distance learning into very high-quality Montessori teacher education.

Most Montessori schools are private, but there are a growing number of public and charter Montessori schools. While Montessori teachers in private settings might earn less compared to their public school counterparts, many feel the trade-offs in job satisfaction and reduced bureaucracy outweigh the financial aspects. Salaries often correlate with qualifications, experience, and responsibilities. Given the high demand, Montessori-certified teachers often find multiple schools vying for their expertise. Salaries are often calculated on a scale based on degrees, experience, and duties.

Montessori teachers are generally in short supply, and in many situations, Montessori-certified teachers will find several schools competing for their services.

For a list of the accredited teacher education programs in the US, Canada, and many other countries as well, go to either the individual organization websites or go to the MACTE website at www.macte.org.

If you are searching for a Montessori teacher education program, you might also wish to contact the Montessori schools in your area. Through them, you will obtain information about what is available in your region and what certification they require, especially if you are hopeful of obtaining employment with them in the future. Many good teacher education programs are available in the United States and abroad. In the years to come, there will undoubtedly be even more as the demand for Montessori teachers increases.

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Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)

The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), founded in 1995, is dedicated to improving academic degree and certificate programs for Montessori professional educators who teach and lead in schools at the Infant and Toddler through Secondary II levels and to assure the public of their quality.

MACTE accredits certification programs based on (1) the evidence they have that they prepare competent, caring, and qualified professional Montessori educators and (2) the capacity to monitor and improve their program’s quality. MACTE believes the accreditation process is the soundest way to assure the public about the quality of the Montessori teacher education programs. The Montessori teacher education program (not the college, school, department, or other administrative unit of the institution) receives MACTE accreditation.

To go to MACTE website:  http://www.macte.org Their website has a drop-down search for accredited programs on the home page.

MACTE’s approach to accreditation helps programs improve and be accountable for their quality. MACTE’s accreditation process starts with the evidence (quantitative and/or qualitative) the faculty truly relies on to convince itself that the graduates are competent beginning Montessori professionals. The program writes a scholarly monograph, called a   Self-Study , which makes the case that the claims the program makes about its graduates are warranted. MACTE’s on-site visit verifies that the evidence cited in the   Self-Study   is accurate and trustworthy.

All accredited programs must be members of an organization, consortium, or group of independent institutions. These affiliations include:

  • American Montessori Society (AMS)
  • Association Montessori International (AMI)
  • Association Montessori International – USA (AMI-USA)
  • Christian Montessori Fellowship (CMF)
  • Independents not in a Consortium (IND)
  • International Association of Progressive Montessori (IAPM)
  • International Montessori Council (IMC)
  • Montessori Australia (MA)
  • Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI)
  • Montessori Institute of America (MIA)
  • The Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS)

MACTE’s constituency represents a broad range of educational institutions and is not limited to programs/institutions operating within the United States. Licensure programs offered by non-higher education organizations, which satisfy MACTE’s requirements, may be accredited by MACTE as well as programs conducted via distance learning.

MACTE is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). MACTE is one of three teacher education accreditors, the others being the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).

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Imagine embarking on an educational journey that doesn't merely focus on academic achievement, but also cherishes the individuality of each child, fueling their natural curiosity and love for learning. This is the crux of the Montessori education philosophy, a transformative approach that breathes life into early childhood education and beyond.

Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, this philosophy has changed the course of education by offering an alternative to traditional teaching methods. It's not about rote memorization or standardized tests. Instead, it's about embracing children's innate desire to learn, fostering their independence, and enabling them to explore at their own pace within a prepared environment. It's about shaping well-rounded individuals who are self-motivated, socially empathetic, and equipped with the skills to succeed in an ever-changing world.

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At the core of the Montessori philosophy is the belief that children are intrinsically motivated to learn and grow. Montessori educators follow five basic principles: respect for the child, the absorbent mind, sensitive periods, the prepared environment, and auto-education. We will cover these in more depth throughout the guide.

My personal journey into Montessori began almost unconsciously, as I found myself introducing Montessori-inspired activities at home with my firstborn, Christian. The more I noticed his active engagement and the joy he found in learning, the more I was drawn toward the Montessori method. The defining moment came when Christian joined a Montessori preschool program.

Witnessing firsthand the vibrant, hands-on learning environment, his constant interaction with the materials, and his growing curiosity about the world around him, I knew we had discovered something extraordinary. The Maria Montessori philosophy wasn’t just an educational model—it was a journey of self-discovery and lifelong learning.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll navigate through the intriguing world of Montessori education from the perspective of my research (I'll cite references where possible so you can carry out further reading if you wish). Here’s what we’ll explore together:

  • The rich history and roots of the Montessori philosophy, including its groundbreaking founder, Dr. Maria Montessori.
  • The core Montessori principles that shape its unique approach.
  • The intricacies of Montessori classrooms and their prepared environments.
  • The pivotal roles of Montessori teachers and parents.
  • The benefits, limitations, and misconceptions about the Montessori method.
  • The application of Montessori philosophy across different age groups.

Join me on this enlightening journey and discover how Montessori education can shape the future of your child’s learning.

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History of Montessori Education

Maria montessori.

Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician who, in 1896, became Italy's first female physician. During her time at the University of Rome's psychiatric clinic, she observed children with disabilities and recognized their potential for learning. Montessori's research led her to develop a new educational philosophy, focusing on the unique needs and abilities of each individual child.

Casa Dei Bambini

In 1907, Montessori applied her philosophy in the first Montessori school, called Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House. Here, she developed the Montessori Method, a revolutionary approach to education that emphasized hands-on, self-guided learning in a carefully prepared environment.

Casa Dei Bambini

Key Montessori fundamentals include:

  • Child-centered learning : Montessori recognized that children have an intrinsic motivation to learn and grow. By providing a nurturing and stimulating environment, children are encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace.
  • Individualized instruction : Montessori classrooms are designed to meet the needs of each child, with materials and activities tailored to their individual stages of development.
  • Mixed-age classrooms : Montessori schools often combine children of different ages in the same classroom, enabling older children to mentor younger ones and fostering a sense of community and collaboration.
  • Hands-on learning : Montessori believed that children learn best by engaging in purposeful activities that help them develop concentration, coordination, and a sense of order.
  • Freedom within limits : Montessori students are given the freedom to choose their activities and set their schedules but must adhere to the rules and expectations of their classroom community.

Associations and Impact

The Montessori Method has spread through organizations like the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) , which Montessori founded in 1929. Today, Montessori schools operate across the globe, providing unique and impactful educational experiences for young learners.

Five Montessori Principles

Respect for the child.

At the heart of the Montessori philosophy is a profound respect for the child . This fundamental principle recognizes that each child is a unique individual, capable of self-directed learning. It acknowledges their rights, needs, and potential, encouraging independence and self-confidence. Children are trusted to make choices and take the lead in their learning journey, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility. This respectful approach forms the bedrock of the Montessori method, shaping every aspect of the learning environment and experience.

As a rule, however, we do not respect children. We try to force them to follow us without regard to their special needs. We are overbearing with them, and above all, rude; and then we expect them to be submissive and well-behaved, knowing all the time how strong is their instinct of imitation and how touching their faith in and admiration of us. They will imitate us in any case. Let us treat them, therefore, with all the kindness which we would wish to help to develop in them (Maria Montessori, 1965).

The Absorbent Mind

The term "absorbent mind" was coined by Dr. Maria Montessori to describe the child's mind from birth to around six years. During this stage, children absorb information from their environment like a sponge. They learn effortlessly and unconsciously, rapidly acquiring language, culture, and countless skills. This unique mental capacity underscores the importance of providing a rich, stimulating environment filled with opportunities for exploration and discovery.

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Sensitive Periods

Dr. Montessori identified specific windows of opportunity, or "sensitive periods," during which children show heightened sensitivity to particular aspects of their environment. These can range from language acquisition to refinement of motor skills or sensitivity to order. During these periods, children learn with exceptional ease and enjoyment. Recognizing and capitalizing on these sensitive periods is a key part of the Montessori approach, allowing for optimal learning and development.

The Prepared Environment

The prepared environment is an integral component of Montessori education. It is a carefully curated space designed to stimulate learning and meet the needs of children at various developmental stages. The environment includes specific materials designed for hands-on exploration, encourages independence, and promotes freedom within limits. Everything in the Montessori classroom has a purpose and is thoughtfully arranged to engage learners, facilitate independence, and foster a love of learning.

Autoeducation (Self-Education)

Autoeducation, or self-education, is the belief that children are capable of teaching themselves through interaction with their environment. Dr. Montessori observed that children learn best when they are actively involved in their learning process. This principle underpins the Montessori curriculum, which is filled with self-correcting materials designed to allow children to learn from their mistakes and grow at their own pace.

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From my experience and perspective, these principles are not just educational strategies; they are a testament to the incredible potential of children. They recognize children as naturally curious, capable, and eager to learn, and provide an environment that nurtures these qualities. This approach respects children's individuality, empowering them to become confident, independent learners who take an active role in their education.

Moreover, these principles extend beyond the classroom, influencing children's character development and worldview. They foster respect for oneself and others, cultivate a love for learning, and encourage responsibility, adaptability, and critical thinking. These are invaluable skills that equip children to navigate life's challenges and opportunities, making the Montessori philosophy not just a method of education, but a preparation for life.

Montessori Classrooms

Multi-age classroom.

In a Montessori classroom, one key feature is the multi-age classroom , which accommodates students within a 3-year age range. This arrangement fosters mentorship, collaboration, and leadership development. As children work together, the older students naturally mentor their younger peers, while younger students can observe and learn from older students.

The Montessori classroom promotes independence and self-determination, allowing the child to choose activities and tasks within a prepared environment. Montessori classrooms are filled with a wide array of sequenced learning activities, known as Montessori materials. These materials are designed to be accessible for children and are arranged in a visually appealing and organized manner.

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Central to the Montessori philosophy is the idea that children learn best through uninterrupted periods of work, also known as the work cycle . During the work cycle, children have the freedom to choose their activities and engage with them at their own pace. This process fosters concentration, self-discipline, and ultimately a sense of accomplishment.

A typical work cycle can be broken down into the following stages:

  • Choosing an activity : The child selects an activity based on their interests, abilities, and developmental needs.
  • Engaging with the activity : The child works with the chosen material, exploring its potential and discovering new concepts and ideas.
  • Cleaning up and returning the activity : Once the child has completed the activity, they are responsible for cleaning up and returning the material to its proper place, promoting self-discipline and respect for the classroom environment.

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The Montessori method of education transcends traditional education by fostering a child-centric environment that cherishes and nurtures each child's individuality. From multi-age groups that encourage natural mentorship, to hands-on learning materials that ignite curiosity and self-discovery, to the distinctive work cycle promoting self-paced learning — these are the hallmarks of Montessori classrooms today.

The Montessori programs, with their holistic approach, equip children not just with academic prowess, but with invaluable life skills, a love for learning, and a deep sense of respect for themselves and others. It's a beautiful journey of growth and independence, a celebration of the potential each child carries within. As parents, educators, and caregivers, it's our privilege to guide them along this path.

Montessori Materials and Learning

Purposeful design.

Montessori materials are unique in their design and purpose. Each is carefully crafted to promote self-discovery, hands-on learning, and developmentally appropriate skills. They range from simple to complex, and from concrete to abstract, mirroring the cognitive growth journey in younger children.

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Self-Correcting Nature

A significant characteristic of Montessori materials is their self-correcting nature. This aspect allows children to recognize and learn from their errors independently, encouraging self-reliance and fostering a sense of personal achievement.

Catering to Sensitive Periods

Montessori materials are also designed to cater to sensitive periods in a child's development, as we've defined them in the previous section. These periods, during which a child is especially receptive to learning specific skills, are maximized by providing the appropriate materials. This targeted approach facilitates the child's natural learning process.

Engaging All Senses

Furthermore, Montessori materials are multi-sensory. They engage a child's touch, sight, and sometimes even sound, to make learning more vivid, tangible, and memorable. By stimulating multiple senses, these materials enhance the child's cognitive development and retention of knowledge.

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The Montessori materials' thoughtful design, self-correcting, and multi-sensory nature transforms the learning process into a journey of discovery that a child embarks on independently. This independence not only fuels the child's confidence but also nurtures a genuine love for learning.

Moreover, the materials' ability to cater to the sensitive periods in a child's development is crucial. It ensures that we are providing children with what they need when they need it most, optimizing their learning potential. As a parent and a Montessori advocate, I've seen first-hand the profound impact these materials can have on a child's learning journey, making them an integral part of the Montessori method of education.

Montessori Teachers and Guides

Montessori teachers, often referred to as guides, play a unique role in the Montessori education system. Their primary responsibility is to lead students towards self-directed learning, as opposed to traditional teachers who typically direct the entire learning process. Montessori teachers create a supportive environment that allows children to explore, experiment, and learn at their own pace.

One of the key aspects of a Montessori teacher's role is their ability to observe and evaluate each child's academic, emotional, and social progress, interests, and personality. This attentive observation enables them to provide valuable guidance and support to each student as they practice independence and responsibility.

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Montessori teachers ensure that they follow the core principles of Montessori education , which include:

  • Recognizing the unique potential of each child
  • Providing an individualized learning experience
  • Encouraging independence and responsibility
  • Developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Fostering collaboration and social skills
  • Creating a prepared environment that nurtures growth
  • Focusing on hands-on, experiential learning

An integral part of becoming a Montessori teacher is undergoing specialized training to effectively implement the Montessori method. This training helps educators understand and apply the core components of authentic Montessori education, enabling them to create environments that support the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of their students.

Role of Parents in Montessori Education

In Montessori education, parents play a vital role in supporting their child's development. They are considered equal partners in the education process, collaborating with both the child and the teacher to create a successful and nurturing learning environment. Association Montessori International USA describes the roles of the child, parents, and teacher as interconnected sides of an equilateral triangle.

One of the primary responsibilities of parents in Montessori education is to create a suitable home environment that reflects Montessori principles. This includes incorporating the following features:

  • Order and simplicity: Organize the home to promote independence and allow the child to navigate their surroundings easily.
  • Accessibility : Provide materials, toys, and furniture that are accessible and age-appropriate for the child.
  • Freedom and limits: Give the child freedom within boundaries to explore, learn, and make choices within their environment.

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Parents also need to adopt a similar approach to that of a Montessori educator when interacting with their child. This means:

  • Respecting the child's individuality and unique learning pace.
  • Encouraging independence by guiding, rather than dictating, their activities.
  • Supporting the child's intrinsic motivation to learn, rather than relying on rewards or punishments.
  • Facilitating learning experiences by providing appropriate, stimulating materials.
  • Encouraging the child's interaction with their environment and peers.

In addition, parents must maintain open communication and collaboration with their child's Montessori teacher. By attending parent-teacher conferences, participating in school events, and maintaining an ongoing dialogue about their child's progress, they can ensure a successful partnership between home and school.

Embracing the role of parents in a Montessori program offers a rewarding and transformative journey. Aligning home life with the Montessori environment and principles cultivates a continuity of learning, nurturing our children's curiosity and independence. Rather than merely instructing, we guide and facilitate self-discovery, fostering respect for their unique pace and interests.

By actively engaging and collaborating with Montessori educators, we form a harmonious triad of child, parent, and teacher. This partnership extends the educational experience beyond the classroom, shaping lifelong learners and well-rounded individuals.

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To delve deeper into practical strategies, I invite you to explore my comprehensive guide on Montessori parenting strategies that you can implement effecitvely and easily.

Benefits and Limitations

Pros of montessori education.

The Montessori Method offers a unique educational approach that fosters a child's sense of independence and self-guided work. A few advantages of the Montessori Method include:

  • Wholeness : This method helps children develop a sense of wholeness as they work at their own pace and learn in a way that suits them best, either individually or with small groups at their level.
  • Improved Executive Function : Children in high-fidelity Montessori schools show significantly greater gains on measures of executive function, reading, and math ( source ).
  • Cooperative Play : The teacher does not run the classroom, allowing students to guide their activities throughout the day, which encourages cooperative play and exploration of various stations in the classroom ( source ).
  • Respect for Children : One of the Montessori principles is to show respect for children, which can promote positive self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth.

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Cons of Montessori Education

While Montessori education has many benefits, there are also some limitations to consider. These include:

  • Potential Challenge with Strict Structure : Montessori nurtures entrepreneurial mindset and individual thinking. This might sometimes pose a challenge when students have to transition into strictly structured environments. The adaptability varies from child to child ( source ).
  • Variable Adherence to Montessori Principles : The effectiveness of the Montessori method relies heavily on faithful implementation of its principles. Montessori programs can differ in their degree of adherence, and this variance may influence the quality of education.
  • Limited Accessibility : Despite growing popularity, Montessori schools may not be accessible to all. Geographic availability, long waiting lists, and tuition costs can pose challenges for families interested in this approach.
  • Assessment and Accountability : Traditional education often emphasizes regular testing and grading, elements generally absent in Montessori classrooms. For some, this lack of standard benchmarks could be a concern, especially when considering transitions to conventional education systems.

As a parent who has watched my kindergarten-age son, Christian, immerse himself in Montessori playgroups, I understand the appeal of the Montessori approach. However, it's important to approach any educational model, including the Montessori method, with a discerning eye.

While the individualized, respectful, and holistic aspects of Montessori education can be incredibly beneficial, challenges such as adapting to strict structures later on, potential inconsistencies in Montessori programs, and limited accessibility are considerations that require thoughtful deliberation.

Deciding on the best path for your child's education is a deeply personal journey, and being informed about both the opportunities and obstacles is a crucial part of that process. This is why I like to provide balanced content so it's not coming across as a used car salesman (at least I hope so). Ultimately, I see my job as informing you and giving you the tools to make the best decision for yourself - one you can be proud of and confident in.

Montessori Across Age Groups

Infancy and toddler years.

The Montessori approach begins from birth, focusing on helping infants and toddlers develop strong foundations for their future learning. During this stage, children are considered to have absorbent minds and can easily absorb information from their surroundings.

Montessori environments for infants and toddlers emphasize:

  • Physical development : Encouraging movement and exploration of their surroundings, with materials designed for grasping, crawling, and walking.
  • Social development : Fostering interactions with peers and adults, learning essential social skills through observation and imitation.

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Elementary and Middle School

In Montessori elementary and middle school classrooms, children are placed in multi-age groups based on their stage of development. These mixed age classrooms promote:

  • Social development : Opportunities for collaboration, mentoring, and learning from peers at different stages of development.
  • Curricula : Material is tailored to the individual child's interest and ability, promoting independence and a love for learning.

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During these years, Montessori education focuses on cultivating the child's intellect and promoting their inner drive for learning, incorporating exploration, hands-on experiences, and real-world connections into the curricula .

Throughout the Montessori age groups, the underpinning principles remain consistent: providing a carefully designed, nurturing environment that fosters independence, social development, and a deep-rooted love for learning. By considering the specific developmental needs and abilities of each child, Montessori education sets the stage for a lifetime of curiosity and growth.

Our Closing Thoughts

The journey of parenting is intricately tied to witnessing the unfolding of our children's authentic selves. As we traverse this path, it becomes evident that Montessori parenting offers a unique balance between fostering independence and defining boundaries. A balance that echoes the rhythm of life itself.

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In my article at The Montessori Parenting Guide , we delve deeper into this concept, revealing the many layers of Montessori principles that can be beautifully intertwined with our everyday parenting approaches.

Yet, while the principles of respect, independence, and individualized learning inherent in the Montessori philosophy hold significant value, it's essential to recognize that each child's journey is unique. The Montessori method is not a universal solution; rather, it serves as an adaptable guide that can enhance our understanding and approach towards child-rearing.

For those interested in incorporating Montessori philosophy into their home environments, I recommend exploring the wealth of resources and insights available in my article on creating a Montessori-inspired environment at home .

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At the heart of it all, as parents, the most meaningful gift we can offer our children is love, respect, and understanding. These timeless values, combined with the nuanced insights from the Montessori approach, can help us cultivate an environment in which our children can beautifully and confidently blossom at their own pace.

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It takes a special person to become a Montessori educator. This teaching method emphasizes the heightened learning ability of children when they’re allowed to make their own choices. It was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 20th century to improve children’s education by helping them help themselves. Today’s Montessori teacher training revolves around absorbing this method of guiding young minds. There are five characteristics that parents should look for in educators when they’re choosing a Montessori school for their children.

1. Sets A Great Example Children love to mimic what they see and hear. It’s part of the learning process. Montessori teachers lead by example, making it easier for kids to understand how things work. These educators are constant role models, setting a great example for students in behavior, communication and orderliness.

The primary way that a Montessori teacher becomes a role model is by treating all children with serious respect as individuals. A Montessori teacher understands that rampant curiosity is a child’s superpower. By thoughtfully harnessing that power through empathic listening and keen observation, a teacher can most effectively direct that curiosity onto productive paths. Thus, children learn that their curiosity is vital, respected, and an important part of their growing selves. They also learn that the teachers care about their interests and can teach them fun and fascinating things. In a Montessori classroom, this is how mutual trust and respect grows.

2. Observes Carefully A Montessori teacher uses techniques very different from what you, as a parent, may be used to in a traditional classroom. In a Montessori classroom, there are no rows of seats facing a blackboard. Very rarely does a Montessori teacher stand up and lecture for great lengths of time. Indeed, the Montessori philosophy does set up academic milestones for a child’s advancement, but the teaching itself isn’t done “top-down” through multiple quizzes, test, and note-taking lessons, but from more of an organic “bottom-up” philosophy, taking cues from the children themselves to direct individualized instruction.

One of the fundamentals of the Montessori teaching method is that children progress at their own pace. Good observers can guide students in the right direction with the right materials. They can also sense more clearly when children are ready to master a skill and move onto the next level. The ability to carefully observe and guide instead of simply disciplining and taking charge is an important difference between the Montessori classroom and a traditional preschool or daycare.

3. Becomes a Link In a Montessori school, even the toys are different. Wisely crafted, colorful, and eye-catching, these toys may seem like simple playthings to the casual observer (and the child), but each one has been designed for a learning purpose. Lovely golden beads can be strung on wires to guide older children into understanding the decimal system. Colorful cubes and prisms teach visual shape and color discrimination. A button frame allows a toddler to focus on small motor skills. As a bonus, the toddler can see immediately if the buttons are done up incorrectly, so he can gain independence by fixing it himself.

Educators are taught during Montessori teacher training that their primary role is to become the link between the children and their learning materials . Teachers conduct presentations to the students which creates the connection of curiosity and child interaction. Parents considering which Montessori school to choose should look for teachers who can communicate well with children and where all of their classroom materials are easily accessible for a child.

4. Thrives on New Discoveries People who love to learn thrive on new discoveries. Educators who effectively teach children to enjoy the learning process are also ready to learn new things. Children and teachers can learn from each other in the Montessori environment. The founder of this teaching (Dr. Maria Montessori) method was an avid learner who enhanced her own knowledge base and studies while working with vast array of children.

Not only do Montessori teachers learn from their students, but they’re also involved in continuing professional growth. In fact, The American Montessori Society requires that certified teachers take thirty to fifty hours of continuing education every three to five years, depending on when certification was issued, in order to continue to hold credentials. The topics covered range from curriculum, child development, classroom management, social or emotional issues, and special education to tech training and educational policy. These requirements keep Montessori educators curious, engaged, and at the leading edge of their profession.

5. Learns from Mistakes If you’ve been to a high school or college graduation recently, you may have noticed that the topic of many a commencement speech focuses on the importance of “accepting failure.” Professionals at the top of their fields understand that making mistakes is a given and failure is inevitable. How a person reacts to failure is the defining feature of some of the most productive and inspiring people, who have overcome great odds by not letting failure daunt them. It’s no mistake that Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have this in common: They all went to Montessori schools.

The Montessori philosophy revolves around encouraging children not to be discouraged by mistakes, but rather to be galvanized into correcting them on their own, with gentle guidance from the teachers.

It’s important to guide children to understand that mistakes happen, and that mistakes can be learning tools. Montessori-trained teachers practice what they teach. Learning from mistakes can help them improve the classroom experience for children.

6. Embraces Special Training Aside from having special characteristics to be a Montessori teacher, these educators must also complete at least a bachelor’s degree before pursuing Montessori training. The professional requirements to be a teacher are different in each state and can vary according to the age group taught. People with a college degree are eligible for an accredited Montessori teaching program that can take either one year or two consecutive summers to complete. A year-long teaching internship is also required before a teacher is considered for a Montessori school.

7. Encourages Initiative, Independence, And Self-Reliance Montessori teaching encourages self-reliance in children from a very early age by training teachers to be guides in each child’s journey to academic success. A Montessori teacher knows when to intervene and demonstrate and when to step back and allow the child to learn from his own mistakes. A child who learns through trial and error (and gentle guidance) how to zip, fasten buttons, and tie a knot will soon be dressing himself on his own, proud of what he’s learned.

This focus on learning through trial and error and taking mistakes in stride has domino-like consequences. Pride in one’s own successes breeds confidence. Confidence breeds boldness and independence. Independence leads to self-reliance. These qualities are difficult to “teach” by any other method than trial-and-error by one’s own hands. They are qualities of character that will help children no matter what they choose do in the world.

8. Encourages Creativity When a child is enthusiastic about something, he or she doesn’t need to be nagged, nudged, or stressed to learn more about it. Creativity is the engine of innovation. Montessori teachers, based on sharp observation and daily record-keeping, maintain specialized and individual teaching plans and goals for each child in the classroom. These plans help move the children toward new academic, social, and developmental milestones. But a Montessori teacher doesn’t force a child toward those milestones. Instead, he or she uses the child’s own curiosity and innate, boundless creativity as the fuel to propel the student well past those milestones.

Back when the Montessori philosophy was still being developed over a century ago, Maria Montessori’s methods were a radical change from the standard forms of education of the time. But Maria Montessori’s philosophy was not a theoretical one, but a philosophy developed from years of empirical observation of students in the classroom. Now it’s considered a tried-and-true method of childhood education and Montessori schools have spread all over the world.

If you’re considering a Montessori school for your child, indulge your natural curiosity. Learn more about the educational philosophy, talk to fellow parents who have enrolled their own children, and observe an active classroom. Most of all, spend some time talking to our teachers. They are Maria Montessori’s true heirs, continuing to learn on a daily basis the joys, challenges, and new adventures that their students bring to the classroom.  

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Hello, aspiring Montessori educator! Entering the Montessori teaching world is not only about embracing a career but a calling that requires a unique blend of dedication, skill, and passion. With the competitive landscape of job hunting, your resume isn't just a document—it's a pivotal piece of your professional narrative.

This guide, powered by Wozber free resume builder , is your companion to navigate through the intricacies of tailoring a resume that speaks directly to your dream Montessori Teacher role. Let's start this journey together and transform your resume into a captivating narrative that will pave your way into the Montessori teaching sphere.

Personal Details

Kickstarting with personal details is more than ticking off a checklist. It's about making a memorable impression from the get-go. Dive into how you can customize this section for the Montessori Teacher role, ensuring it aligns perfectly with not just the job requirements but also the ethos of the Montessori philosophy.

1. Name Boldly

Your name is your headline. Let it shine in a font that's unmistakably bold yet accessible, mirroring the clarity you'll bring into the classroom.

2. Embrace Your Title

Under your name, proudly declare your profession: Montessori Teacher. Viewing your title immediately aligns your identity with the role at hand, setting the tone for your application.

3. Clear and Professional Contact Info

Your phone number and email should signal readiness and professionalism. Stick with an email format that's straightforward, ideally using your name. Double-check for correct details to ensure you're reachable.

4. Location, Location, Location

Living in or near Seattle, Washington, as per the job's requirements? State this clearly. It subtly checks off a logistical criterion off the hiring manager's list.

5. Digital Footprint

In today's digital age, including a LinkedIn profile or a personal portfolio site, especially if it showcases your Montessori activities or philosophy understanding, can give you an edge. Ensure it's polished and mirrors your resume in professionalism and content.

Imagine your personal details as the initial brushstrokes on a canvas that outline your professional portrait. Neat, clear, and aligned with the Montessori ethos, these details set the stage for the remaining masterpiece that is your resume.

The experience section is where you bloom. It's your chance to demonstrate how your Montessori journey aligns with the needs of the school and the development of your students. Let's explore how to articulate your experiences in ways that resonate deeply with Montessori philosophy and the specific demands of your dream role.

  • Created and maintained a stimulating Montessori environment resulting in a 20% increase in student engagement.
  • Successfully implemented the Montessori method, leading to a 30% enhancement in students' understanding.
  • Conducted regular assessments, achieving a 99% parent satisfaction rate regarding student progress updates.
  • Collaborated effectively with educators and parents, fostering a supportive learning community and scoring a 98% parent approval rating.
  • Attended 5 professional development workshops, incorporating newfound techniques into the curriculum and improving classroom dynamics.
  • Assisted in curriculum planning, resulting in a 15% improvement in lesson structure.
  • Facilitated group lessons, increasing student participation by 25%.
  • Supported classroom management practices, reducing disruptive incidents by 40%.
  • Organized Montessori materials, enhancing classroom organization and efficiency by 30%.
  • Provided one‑on‑one guidance to students, resulting in a 20% boost in individual learning outcomes.

1. Job Requirements as Your Compass

Reflect on the job posting: '2 years of experience teaching in a Montessori environment,' for example. This is not just a requirement; it's a storyline waiting for your chapters. Highlight your roles that speak directly to these demands.

2. Spell It Out

For each position held, start with your most recent engagement. Clearly list your title, the name of the institution, and your tenure there. This structure instantly gives hiring managers a snapshot of your journey.

3. Achievement Narratives

Each bullet under your roles should be a mini-story of success: 'Created and maintained a stimulating Montessori environment resulting in a 20% increase in student engagement.' These narratives offer tangible evidence of your impact.

4. The Power of Numbers

Quantifiable achievements make your resume stand out. Did your introduction of Montessori materials lead to improved student autonomy? By how much? Numbers give hiring teams a measurable insight into your accomplishments.

5. Relevant and Riveting

Curate your experiences to align closely with the Montessori methodology and the specific requirements of the job. Showcasing your role in a Montessori community garden project, for instance, establishes a direct connection to Montessori's experiential learning focus.

Think of your experience section as a gallery of your Montessori journey, each role and accomplishment a masterpiece demonstrating your passion and proficiency. Aim to leave the hiring manager convinced of your unique value proposition and eager to see you in action.

Your educational background in Early Childhood Education or a related field isn't merely a credential; it's the bedrock of your teaching philosophy. Tailoring this section to the Montessori Teacher role means illuminating how your education aligns with Montessori principles.

1. Spotlight the Essentials

"Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field." If this matches your educational background, ensure it's clearly stated. This foundational requirement connects your theoretical understanding to the Montessori educational practice.

2. Structure with Clarity

Your educational credentials should be laid out cleanly: the degree, the field of study, the name of the institution, and your graduation date. This straightforward format ensures the information is easily digestible at a glance.

3. Degree Alignment

If your degree directly relates to Montessori or early childhood education—highlight this alignment. It shows a direct pathway to your current career choice and emphasizes an early commitment to this educational method.

4. Coursework That Connects

Listing relevant courses, like 'Montessori Pedagogy' or 'Child-Centered Learning Environments,' bridges the gap between theory and practice, showcasing your preparedness for implementing Montessori curriculum principles.

5. Additional Accolades

Any honors, relevant clubs, or significant projects that reflect your engagement with education or Montessori philosophy? This is the place to shine a light on them, especially if they're linked to innovative learning methods or community involvement.

As with building blocks in a Montessori classroom, your educational section constructs the foundation of your teaching philosophy and practice. Allow it to reflect your commitment and pathway to Montessori education, painting a picture of a deeply engaged and knowledgeable educator.

Certificates

Certificates, especially your Montessori certification, are not just add-ons. They are essential qualifications that demonstrate your specialized training and commitment to continuous professional development. With precise tailoring, this section highlights both your foundational and advanced skills in the Montessori teaching method.

1. Recall the Must-Haves

The job requires "Montessori certification from a recognized training center." Your resume should proudly highlight this certification, showcasing it not as a mere qualification but as a testament to your mastery and commitment to Montessori methods.

2. Quality Over Quantity

Focus on listing certifications that showcase your depth of Montessori education and training. This prioritization ensures the hiring manager immediately sees your most pertinent qualifications.

3. Use Dates Wisely

Adding the dates of certification is crucial, especially for ongoing or recent training which demonstrates your dedication to staying updated with Montessori educational practices.

4. A Lifelong Learner

Continuing education is a hallmark of an exceptional Montessori teacher. Convey your commitment to this ethos by highlighting any recent or advanced certifications that complement your role. It's a testament to your dedication to evolving as an educator.

Your certifications stand as pillars supporting your qualifications, underscoring your dedication and expertise in the Montessori method. This section is not just a list but a showcase of your journey towards professional excellence in Montessori education.

Your skills section should gleam like the polished materials in a Montessori classroom - each one purposeful, relevant, and reflective of your educational philosophy. Integrating the job's requirements with your personal toolkit offers a glimpse into the unique educator you are.

1. Job Spec Synergy

From the job description, identify both the stated and implied skills. For example, strong proficiency in "implementing the Montessori method and curriculum" translates into a hands-on, knowledgeable approach to Montessori education that you possess.

2. Curate with Care

Pick skills that resonate not just with the job requirements but also with the Montessori ethos. Prioritize those that speak to both your teaching capabilities and your ability to foster a cooperative, child-centered learning environment.

3. Clarity and Structure

Instead of a sprawling list, opt for a structured, easy-to-scan format. Highlighting each skill with clarity indicates your thoughtfulness and attention to detail—qualities of a true Montessori educator.

Your skills section is a mirror reflecting your pedagogical toolkit. It communicates the breadth and depth of your capabilities, confirming to hiring managers that you possess both the heart and the art of Montessori teaching. Present them with pride.

In a Montessori classroom, language skills extend beyond mere communication; they are avenues to cultural understanding and connections. This section goes beyond checking a requirement box—it showcases your ability to nurture a global mindset in your young learners.

1. Priority Placement

"English language competency is a must." Be upfront with your proficiency in English to align directly with the job's requirements, then layer in any additional languages to present a picture of a culturally competent educator.

2. Language as a Bridge

Your application to a Montessori role in a cosmopolitan area like Seattle makes any additional language skill noteworthy. Spanish, for instance, can be a real asset in classrooms with diverse backgrounds.

3. Honesty in Proficiency

Accurately represent your fluency to ensure expectations are clear. From 'native' to 'basic,' each level of proficiency matters and portrays your potential to reach out to students and communities.

4. Reflect on Your Role

For Montessori teachers, the ability to communicate effectively in multiple languages is not just a skill, it's a pathway to understanding diverse cultures and fostering an inclusive environment. Detail your linguistic skills with the perspective of their impact on teaching and learning.

Your language skills are not just personal achievements; they are instrumental in creating a Montessori environment that celebrates diversity and encourages global citizenship among your students. Highlight them as key components of your teaching philosophy.

A compelling summary is like the opening chapter of your professional narrative, inviting the reader to dive deeper. For a Montessori Teacher, this means weaving your dedication, skill set, and achievements into a brief but powerful testament to your passion for Montessori education.

1. Role Reflection

Start by distilling the essence of the job announcement into a clear understanding of what the school seeks in a Montessori Teacher. This understanding will serve as your guiding star.

2. A Compelling Opening

Lead with a sentence that encapsulates your professional identity: 'Montessori Teacher with over 4 years of experience in creating a nurturing learning environment...' This statement instantly establishes your credibility.

3. Showcase Your Highlights

Include a concise list of your Montessori-specific strengths and notable achievements that align with the job's requirements, such as your dedication to continuous learning and your knack for enhancing student engagement through the Montessori method.

4. Brevity Is Key

Keep your summary succinct yet captivating. With just a few sentences, you must intrigue and assure the hiring manager of your fit for the role, encouraging them to explore the depths of your resume.

Your summary is the gateway to your professional world. It should invite the reader to understand your passion, expertise, and suitability for the Montessori Teacher role. Craft it with the care it deserves to make your application stand out from the very beginning.

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Let your narrative shine vividly, beckoning hiring managers to explore your profound potential as a Montessori Teacher. The corridors of learning await your footprints; it's time to make your mark.

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.
  • Montessori certification from a recognized training center.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience teaching in a Montessori environment.
  • Strong proficiency in implementing the Montessori method and curriculum.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with parents and staff.
  • English language competency is a must.
  • Must be located in Seattle, Washington.
  • Create and maintain a prepared Montessori environment to facilitate the optimum learning experience.
  • Plan and deliver individualized and group lessons based on the needs and abilities of the students.
  • Conduct regular assessments, maintain records, and provide progress reports to parents.
  • Collaborate with other educators and parents to support student learning and development.
  • Continuously attend professional development and stay updated on the latest Montessori teaching practices.

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What, exactly, is the role of the Montessori teacher? How is it so different from that of any other teacher?

Sometimes it’s easiest to begin by explaining what a Montessori teacher isn’t.

A Montessori teacher is less like the traditional idea of an instructor, and more like a gentle guide. They don’t consider it their job to give a child information. They rather lead children in the general direction and give them the tools they need to find the information themselves. 

Maria Montessori once said, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”

Montessori Teachers Cultivate Independence

In a Montessori classroom, rather than seeing a teacher at the front of the classroom giving the same lesson to every child, the teacher will be working quietly with individual children or small groups. While that is happening the rest of the children are free to spend their time doing the work that calls to them. A Montessori teacher works hard to create structures that allow children to be independent and to trust themselves as learners.

One large part of what a Montessori teacher does is to intentionally prepare a classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate, is inviting to children, and supports them on their journey to work independently. This environment is constantly changing in tiny ways as the teacher notices new and evolving needs of the students.

Montessori Teachers are Trained to Think Like Scientists

Parents should know that Montessori teachers are highly trained. Most have recognized Montessori credentials in addition to their college degrees. Montessori certification programs are intensive and demanding; one might compare them as being the equivalent of another college degree. These training programs don’t just teach Montessori educators how to use the specialized materials; there is extensive coursework about Montessori philosophy, child development, and integrating the arts.

When it comes to assessments, Montessori teachers don’t rely on standardized tests; they rely on the power of observation. They have notebooks brimming with evidence of what their students have mastered, need more support with, and are curious about. They are constantly recording what they notice children working on, how that work is being executed, and ideas they might have in anticipation of a child’s next steps. Montessori teachers literally sit beside a child and determine exactly what they know about a wide range of content areas.

Montessori Teachers Think Long-Term

Because of Montessori’s three-year cycles, teachers have the unique ability to consider their big picture when working with students. There is a natural tendency to allow the children to genuinely learn at their own pace. Getting to know a child and their family well over the course of a few years really supports this approach. 

Montessori Teachers are Often Called ‘Guides’

...and for good reason. While children in Montessori classrooms have an abundance of choice in their educational pursuits, Montessori is based on the idea of ‘freedom within limits’. It’s the Montessori teacher’s job to carefully craft those limits. Children rely on having a certain amount of structure in place. This gives them comfort and a safe place in which they can take risks and try new things. Montessori teachers set some boundaries and then carefully help students navigate within them.

What if your second grader loves to read but tends to avoid math? Their Montessori teacher will find ways to ensure the math still gets done. Sometimes this involves a gentle discussion with a child about time management skills, priorities, or setting goals. Sometimes the teacher will find a way to integrate the child’s interests into the less desirable work. Sometimes all it takes is a minor change in the environment. Montessori teachers gives children freedom, but they assist children in finding their way to success in this environment.

Montessori teachers value independence, self-reliance, and intrinsic motivation.

They also value cooperation, kindness, and strength in community.

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  • • Directed a cohort of 20 children aged 3-6, fostering independent problem-solving and respect among students.
  • • Achieved a 30% increase in children’s performance through the implementation of Montessori methodologies.
  • • Organized and managed yearly curricula, leading to an advanced developmental milestone achievement for 90% of students.
  • • Collaborated with parents and faculty to maintain a normalized classroom environment, enhancing children's coordination and learning pace.
  • • Supervised and mentored an assistant teacher, contributing to a 15% improvement in classroom efficiency and management.
  • • Introduced a weekly parent newsletter, promoting transparency and collaboration which resulted in heightened parental engagement.
  • • Guided a classroom of 15 students aged 0-3, emphasizing emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development.
  • • Cultivated an inspiring and safe learning environment, ensuring a 20% reduction in behavioral issues year over year.
  • • Enhanced communication protocols with parents including development assessments and periodic conferences, leading to a 25% increase in parental satisfaction.
  • • Coordinated with the administration to maintain classroom resources, reducing equipment deficiencies by 50%.
  • • Facilitated professional development workshops, elevating staff teaching capabilities by fostering continuous education.
  • • Supported the lead teacher in daily activities, improving classroom flow for a group of 18 students aged 3-6.
  • • Assisted in the development of educational materials, which increased student engagement by 40%.
  • • Implemented positive discipline strategies, resulting in a nurturing environment that reinforced student respect.
  • • Maintained detailed student progress records, enhancing instructional strategies and parent communication.

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As a Montessori teacher, articulating your ability to foster independence and personalized learning in a resume can be challenging. Our guide offers tailored tips and language to help you effectively communicate your unique teaching philosophy and classroom management skills on paper.

  • Utilize real-life examples to refine your montessori teacher resume;
  • Effectively write the experience section of your montessori teacher resume, even if you have minimal or no professional experience;
  • Incorporate the industry's top 10 essential skills throughout your resume;
  • Include your education and certifications to highlight your specific expertise.

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The ultimate formula for your montessori teacher resume format

Our best advice on how to style your montessori teacher resume is this - first, take the time to study the job advert requirements.

The resume format you select should ultimately help you better align how your experience matches the specific role.

There are four crucial elements you need to thus take into consideration:

  • How you present your experience. If you happen to have plenty of relevant expertise, select the reverse-chronological resume format to organize your experience by dates, starting with the latest.
  • Don't go over the top with writing your resume. Instead, stick with a maximum of two-page format to feature what matters most about your profile.
  • Headers aren't just for "decoration". The header of your resume helps recruiters allocate your contact details, portfolio, and so much more.
  • The PDF format rules. It's the most common practice to submit your montessori teacher resume as a PDF so that your resume doesn't lose its layout. However, make sure the read the job well - in some instances, they might require a doc file.

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If the certificate you've obtained is especially vital for the industry or company, include it as part of your name within the resume headline.

The five (plus) definite sections your resume for a montessori teacher job should include are:

  • Header with your headline, contact details, and/or a preview of your work
  • Summary (or objective) to pinpoint how your success aligns with the role
  • Experience with bullets of your most relevant achievements in the field
  • Skills to integrate vital job requirements (both technical and personal)
  • Your further dedication to the field, showcased via relevant higher education and/or certifications

What recruiters want to see on your resume:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the Montessori philosophy and ability to implement its teaching methods and principles.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining a Montessori classroom environment that encourages independence, curiosity, and learning at the child's own pace.
  • Ability to design and adapt learning materials that align with Montessori educational practices and meet the varying needs of children.
  • Sensitivity to the individual learning styles and developmental stages of students, with a track record of fostering a nurturing and supportive classroom atmosphere.
  • Engagement in ongoing professional development related to Montessori education and a commitment to staying current with the latest teaching techniques and child development research.

What to include in the experience section of your montessori teacher resume

The resume experience section is perhaps the most important element in your application as it needs to showcase how your current profile matches the job.

While it may take some time to perfect your montessori teacher experience section, here are five tips to keep in mind when writing yours:

  • Assess the advert to make a list of key requirements and look back on how each of your past jobs answers those;
  • Don't just showcase you know a particular skill, instead, you need proof in the form of tangible results (e.g. numbers, percent, etc.);
  • It's perfectly fine to leave off experience items that don't bring anything extra to your skill set or application;
  • Recruiters want to understand what the particular value is of working with you, so instead of solely featuring technologies, think about including at least one bullet that's focused on your soft skills;
  • Take care with wording each bullet to demonstrate what you've achieved, using a particular skill, and an action verb.

The below montessori teacher resume examples can help guide you to curate your professional experience, following industry-leading tips and advice.

  • Developed an innovative Montessori-based curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards, increasing student engagement by 25%.
  • Led a diverse classroom of 15 children aged 3-6, providing individualized learning plans that enhanced students’ personal and educational growth.
  • Cultivated a collaborative environment with parents through monthly workshops, which increased family involvement in educational activities by 40%.
  • Integrated technology into the Montessori classroom by introducing tablets and educational software, resulting in a 30% improvement in students' tech literacy.
  • Designed and executed a summer learning program for 20 students, which boosted their academic confidence and prepared them for the upcoming school year.
  • Managed the procurement and maintenance of classroom materials and resources, ensuring a consistently prepared and conducive learning environment.
  • Orchestrated an inclusive classroom culture that celebrated diversity, thereby improving student acceptance of various cultures by 50%.
  • Mentored two assistant teachers, providing guidance and feedback that contributed to one being promoted to a lead teacher position.
  • Spearheaded a sustainability project with students that won the 'Green Classroom Award' from the Montessori Foundation.
  • Initiated a peer learning program among students which fostered a collaborative learning environment and increased student communication skills by 35%.
  • Created extensive professional development plans, enhancing the capabilities of the teaching staff in Montessori methodologies.
  • Implemented a bilingual curriculum that helped increase students' foreign language proficiency and interest in multicultural studies.
  • Empowered children through child-centered learning approaches, significantly improving independence and self-directed learning skills.
  • Organized a parent-teacher collaboration program that enhanced the home-to-school connection, positively impacting student well-being and academic performance.
  • Administered ongoing assessment strategies that provided comprehensive insights into student progress and informed individualized education plans.
  • Improved literacy rates by integrating phonics-based reading programs tailored to individual student levels in a class of 24 students.
  • Facilitated the adaptation of new students to the Montessori environment through a buddy system, reducing anxiety and improving peer relationships.
  • Pioneered the use of outdoor classrooms to enhance sensory and experiential learning activities, garnering positive feedback from parents and students alike.
  • Launched a 'Montessori for All' initiative that increased access to Montessori education for underserved communities by partnering with local non-profits.
  • Conducted professional workshops for aspiring Montessori educators, contributing to the professional growth and development of 50+ attendees.
  • Drove the integration of STEM activities into the traditional Montessori curriculum, which enhanced students' problem-solving skills and interest in science and math.
  • Executed a Montessori-inspired arts program that resulted in two students receiving scholarships for a local youth arts competition.
  • Pioneered a conflict-resolution protocol among students that improved classroom harmony and peer-to-peer interactions.
  • Developed a portfolio system for student work that allowed for more dynamic parent-teacher conferences and showcased student achievements effectively.

Quantifying impact on your resume

  • Specify the number of classroom environments you have prepared following Montessori principles to showcase your practical experience.
  • Include the student-to-teacher ratio that you have effectively managed, indicating your capability in giving personalized attention.
  • Detail the percentage of students who met or exceeded learning objectives under your guidance, demonstrating your teaching effectiveness.
  • Mention the number of Montessori materials and teaching aids you are proficient with, highlighting your resourcefulness.
  • List the total hours of professional Montessori training you have completed to emphasize your dedication to the method.
  • Quantify the diversity of age groups you have taught to show your versatility and adaptability as a Montessori educator.
  • State the amount of parent-teacher conferences you've conducted to illustrate your communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Describe any increase in school enrollment or classroom sizes during your tenure to reflect your contribution to the school's growth.

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Guide for montessori teacher professionals kicking off their career

Who says you can't get that montessori teacher job, even though you may not have that much or any experience? Hiring managers have a tendency to hire the out-of-the-blue candidate if they see role alignment. You can show them why you're the best candidate out there by:

  • Selecting the functional skill-based or hybrid formats to spotlight your unique value as a professional
  • Tailoring your montessori teacher resume to always include the most important requirements, found towards the top of the job ad
  • Substituting the lack of experience with other relevant sections like achievements, projects, and research
  • Pinpoint both achievements and how you see yourself within this specific role in the montessori teacher resume objective.

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If you failed to obtain one of the certificates, as listed in the requirements, but decide to include it on your resume, make sure to include a note somewhere that you have the "relevant training, but are planning to re-take the exams". Support this statement with the actual date you're planning to be re-examined. Always be honest on your resume.

Popular montessori teacher hard skills and soft skills for your resume

Apart from assessing your professional expertise, recruiters are on the lookout for whether your skills align with the job.

Your profile would thus be assessed in regard to your:

  • Hard or technical skills - your ability to perform on the job using particular technologies or software
  • Soft skills - how you adapt, communicate, and thrive in different environments.

Both types of skills - hard and soft skills - are important for your resume, so make sure to create a dedicated skills section that:

  • Lists up to five or six skills that align with the job advert.
  • Integrates vital keywords for the industry, but also reflects on your personal strengths.
  • Builds up further your skills with an achievements section within which you explain what you've achieved thanks to using the particular skill.
  • Aims to always quantify in some way how you've used the skill, as it's not enough to just list it.

What are the most sought out hard and soft skills for montessori teacher roles?

Check out the industry's top choices with our two dedicated lists below:

Top skills for your montessori teacher resume:

Montessori Curriculum Knowledge

Classroom Management

Lesson Planning

Early Childhood Education

Observational Skills

Material Preparation and Presentation

Child Development Knowledge

Special Education

Record Keeping

Parent Communication

Adaptability

Communication

Interpersonal Skills

Problem-Solving

Time Management

Attention to Detail

Cultural Sensitivity

If you happen to have plenty of certificates, select the ones that are most applicable and sought-after across the industry. Organize them by relevance to the role you're applying for.

Montessori Teacher-specific certifications and education for your resume

Place emphasis on your resume education section . It can suggest a plethora of skills and experiences that are apt for the role.

  • Feature only higher-level qualifications, with details about the institution and tenure.
  • If your degree is in progress, state your projected graduation date.
  • Think about excluding degrees that don't fit the job's context.
  • Elaborate on your education if it accentuates your accomplishments in a research-driven setting.

On the other hand, showcasing your unique and applicable industry know-how can be a literal walk in the park, even if you don't have a lot of work experience.

Include your accreditation in the certification and education sections as so:

  • Important industry certificates should be listed towards the top of your resume in a separate section
  • If your accreditation is really noteworthy, you could include it in the top one-third of your resume following your name or in the header, summary, or objective
  • Potentially include details about your certificates or degrees (within the description) to show further alignment to the role with the skills you've attained
  • The more recent your professional certificate is, the more prominence it should have within your certification sections. This shows recruiters you have recent knowledge and expertise

At the end of the day, both the education and certification sections hint at the initial and continuous progress you've made in the field.

And, honestly - that's important for any company.

Below, discover some of the most recent and popular Montessori Teacher certificates to make your resume even more prominent in the applicant pool:

The top 5 certifications for your montessori teacher resume:

  • American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential (AMS) - American Montessori Society
  • Association Montessori Internationale Diploma (AMI) - Association Montessori Internationale
  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education Diploma (MACTE) - Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
  • International Montessori Council Diploma (IMC) - International Montessori Council
  • Center for Guided Montessori Studies Certification (CGMS) - Center for Guided Montessori Studies

If you're in the process of obtaining your certificate or degree, list the expected date you're supposed to graduate or be certified.

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Adding a summary or objective to your montessori teacher resume

One of the most crucial elements of your professional presentation is your resume's top one-third. This most often includes:

  • Either a resume summary - your career highlights at a glance. Select the summary if you have plenty of relevant experience (and achievements), you'd like recruiters to remember about your application.
  • Or, a resume objective - to showcase your determination for growth. The perfect choice for candidates with less experience, who are looking to grow their career in the field.

If you want to go above and beyond with your montessori teacher resume summary or resume objective, make sure to answer precisely why recruiters need to hire you. What is the additional value you'd provide to the company or organization? Now here are examples from real-life montessori teacher professionals, whose resumes have helped them land their dream jobs:

Resume summaries for a montessori teacher job

  • With over 7 years of dedicated experience in Montessori education at Sunny Hill Montessori, I posses a profound ability to create individualized learning plans and have effectively incorporated technology into the classroom, resulting in a 30% increase in student engagement.
  • Dedicated to nurturing young minds, my 5-year tenure at Mountain Brook Montessori has honed my skills in sensory-based learning and classroom management, contributing to a marked improvement in children's independence and cognitive skills development.
  • Seeking to leverage a decade of experience as a successful software engineer to transition into Montessori education, bringing a unique perspective on STEM integration and a passion for child-centered learning environments cultivated through volunteer work at local community centers.
  • As a former corporate trainer with 8 years of experience, I am transitioning into the Montessori teaching sphere, eager to apply my extensive knowledge of adult learning principles and instructional design to foster the holistic development of children in a Montessori classroom.
  • Aspiring to immerse myself in the educational field, I am eager to apply my recent Montessori teaching certification to foster a nurturing and dynamic learning environment that supports the unique needs of each child, drawing upon my extensive experience as a youth mentor and volunteer tutor.
  • With a fresh Montessori certification and a background in child psychology, my objective is to contribute to the development of innovative, child-centric pedagogies and support the growth of students in their formative years by implementing personalized and exploratory learning strategies.

Beyond your montessori teacher resume basics - extra sections

Ensure your montessori teacher resume stands out from the crowd by spicing it up with a couple of supplementary sections that showcase your:

  • Prizes - as a special nod to what matters most in the field;
  • Projects - ones that would really further support your application;
  • Hobbies - include only if you think they'd further your chances at landing the role with personality
  • Community impact - to hint at the causes you care about.

Key takeaways

  • The layout of your resume should take into consideration your professional background while integrating vital sections and design elements;
  • Highlight your most pertinent achievements for the role all through different sections;
  • Be very specific when selecting your certifications, hard skills, and soft skills to showcase the best of your talents;
  • Include within the top one-third of your montessori teacher resume a header and summary to help recruiters understand your experience and allocate your contact details. A skills box is optional, but it will help you align your expertise with the role;
  • Detail the full extent of your professional experience with specific bullets that focus on tasks, actions, and outcomes.

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What is a Montessori Teacher? Some Unique Characteristics.

The Montessori method is a unique teaching approach that is renowned for its principles centered on child directed learning. As such, Montessori education differs in various aspects from traditional education, and this includes its teachers. What does it mean to be a Montessori teacher? Let’s find out.  

A Montessori teacher is an educator trained in the pedagogy of Maria Montessori , usually from an Association Montessori International (AMI) accredited training institution. Traditionally called a director or directress, Montessori teachers received comprehensive training in theories on education, child psychology, classroom observation and management, instruction, and Montessori material use and preparation.

Montessori teachers are knowledgeable in all aspects of running a Montessori learning environment and educating a child via the Montessori method. Teaching in a Montessori school requires a unique set of skills from its teacher. Let us learn more about Montessori teaching.

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What Skills Does a Montessori Teacher Need?

The demands on a Montessori teacher are quite different from the traditional school teacher. While both adhere to curriculum guidelines as set forth by the education department, in traditional schools, the teacher imparts knowledge to the school children, while in the Montessori school, the teacher guides the child to discover and learn on their own. This requires the teacher to have:

A strong understanding of and belief in the Montessori principles

As stated earlier, the training for Montessori teachers is different in that they are trained in the method developed by Dr Maria Montessori . Ideally, teachers learn from the AMI, an association founded by Dr Montessori herself, to continue the work that she has started. This training would give teachers a thorough understanding of the principles of respect for the child, the absorbent mind , sensitive periods, the prepared environment, and auto education, which will guide their approach to education.

A genuine Respect for the child

Respect for the child as an individual capable of directing their learning is one of the five main principles of a Montessori education. A teacher lives this principle by allowing the child the freedom to select from prepared materials which task they would like to work on, and trusting that this choice will help the child develop their curiosity, knowledge, and work ethic.

The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work. – Maria Montessori , The Absorbent Mind, p. 252

Self control and Patience 

These two skills go hand in hand as they are necessary to allow the child to learn on his own. It is much easier for the teacher to just let the child know what to do but the Montessori method relies on the teacher holding back from instructing and instead observing and guiding the child through their learnings. In the same vein, patience is needed to give the child time to experiment and draw conclusions from the work they engage in.

Before such attention and concentration have been attained, the teacher must learn to control herself so that the child’s spirit shall be free to expand and show its powers; the essence of her duty is not to interrupt the child in his efforts. Maria Montessori , The Absorbent Mind, p. 248

Observational skills

A great part of the Montessori teacher’s role is to observe the children as they work to understand how they learn and what interests them. This gives the teacher the knowledge they would need to encourage the child to learn more and provide opportunities within the prepared environment for the child to encounter stimulating work that will promote learning.

An Open Mind

If the teacher has had experience teaching the traditional way, or has set notions about what teaching is supposed to be, as a Montessori teacher, they should learn to un-learn these. The Montessori teacher is all about guiding the child to a yet undetermined potential. It is imperative that the teacher be open to this possibility and help the child find the evolving version of themselves.

An ordinary teacher cannot be transformed into a Montessori teacher, but must be created anew, having rid herself of pedagogical prejudices. The first step is self-preparation of the imagination, for the Montessori teacher has to visualise a child who is not yet there, materially speaking, and must have faith in the child who will reveal himself through work. Maria Montessori , Education for a New World, p. 67

Are Montessori Teachers Strict?

There may be a misconception about Montessori teachers being strict because they run the learning environment in a way that develops self-discipline and a work ethic in children. On the contrary however, the Montessori environment is not one that instills fear-based obedience, but rather a self developed discipline from doing work well. 

Montessori teachers are and must be approachable as apart from circle time , they usually spend one on one time with each student, first when showing them how to use the materials, then when observing them and responding to any requests for help.

How do Montessori Teachers Teach?

Montessori teachers teach in two ways: through introducing concepts and materials, and then through observing the child from afar.

Before students can work with the materials, the Montessori teacher presents these to the children, either in circle time or in one on one sessions. During this time, the teacher explains what the material is about and how to use it. After that, the child is left on their own to explore the material by themselves. The child being left alone to do their work cannot be overemphasized. This is where the learning takes place.

Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him, or destroy the activity. It seems a strange thing to say, but this can happen even if the child merely becomes aware of being watched. After all, we too sometimes feel unable to go on working if someone comes to see what we are doing. The great principle which brings success to the teacher is this: as soon as concentration has begun, act as if the child does not exist. Naturally, one can see what he is doing with a quick glance, but without his being aware of it. Maria Montessori , The Absorbent Mind, p. 255

Another not so obvious method of teaching used in Montessori is the use of observation. While it does seem like just watching the children, observation is a key and crucial ingredient of the Montessori instruction process. The teacher, in observing, is noting what the child is interested in, how they are progressing with the materials, their attitude towards the work, and through this know each child and help them by having in the prepared environment materials that may interest them more and encourage them to work.

The teacher…must be able to make prudent observations, to assist a child by going up to, or withdrawing from, him, and by speaking or keeping silence in accordance with his needs. She must acquire a moral alertness which has not hitherto been demanded by any other system, and this is revealed in her tranquility, patience, charity, and humility. Not words, but virtues, are her main qualifications. Maria Montessori , The Discovery of the Child, p. 151

Is Being a Montessori Teacher Hard?

The short answer to this question is No. Montessori teaching is not hard, but just like any other type of teaching, brings with it its own set of requirements and challenges. 

Being a Montessori teacher requires the educator to operate from a different paradigm to what is usually done in traditional schools. Instead of teaching through blackboards and books, materials are utilized. Instead of rote learning, experimentation is encouraged. Instead of rows of desks, work tables are scattered around the classroom. 

In a Montessori classroom , it can be that no two students are at the same point in their learning, in fact, classes are usually a mix of students aged from 2-6, 6-9 or 9-12. This can seem hard to keep up with, but class sizes are usually smaller and each teacher has a teacher’s aide that supports them in the classroom activities. 

The key point in being a Montessori teacher is that they hold a genuine interest in each and every child, and are committed to helping the children explore and learn to reach their utmost potential. When this is present in the teacher, it is easy to impart to the students a love of learning and discovery, as well as a feeling of empowerment from being trusted to work on their own in their own way.

In this regard, as Maria Montessori said in The Absorbent Mind:

“The first step an intending Montessori teacher must take is to prepare herself. For one thing, she must keep her imagination alive; for while, in the traditional schools, the teacher sees the immediate behavior of her pupils, knowing that she must look after them and what she has to teach, the Montessori teacher is constantly looking for a child who is not yet there.”

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15 Montessori Values for your Classroom

15 Montessori Values for your Classroom

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Montessori education is a child-centered educational approach based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. It emphasizes self-directed learning , hands-on activities, and collaborative play in a carefully prepared environment (Montessori, 2004).

Children in Montessori classrooms are encouraged to explore and discover at their own pace, guided by specially trained teachers who act as facilitators rather than traditional instructors. The method aims to foster independence, curiosity, and a lifelong love of learning by respecting each child’s individual development and interests.

Below is a list of 15 Montessori values for your classroom.

Montessori Values

1. independence.

Montessori classrooms are designed to empower children to choose their own activities and work at their own pace, fostering independence (Isaacs, 2018).

The environment is carefully prepared with child-sized furniture and accessible materials, allowing children to take charge of their own learning. Practical life activities, such as pouring, dressing, and cleaning, are integral to the curriculum, teaching children to care for themselves and their surroundings (Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006).

By promoting independence, Montessori helps children build confidence and self-reliance from a young age.

Respect is a core value in Montessori education, encompassing respect for oneself, others, and the environment (Lillard, 2017).

Children are taught to handle materials and classroom resources with care, demonstrating respect for shared property. The mixed-age group setting encourages older children to model respectful behavior for younger peers, fostering a community of mutual respect (Ozerem & Kavas, 2013).

Additionally, lessons on grace and courtesy are embedded in the curriculum, guiding children in respectful social interactions.

3. Self-Discipline

Montessori education emphasizes self-discipline by allowing children to make choices within clear boundaries.

The structured environment and consistent routines help children develop self-regulation and time-management skills. Montessori materials are designed to be self-correcting, encouraging children to learn from their mistakes and take responsibility for their actions (Isaacs, 2018; Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006).

Through repeated practice and intrinsic motivation, children learn to set goals, stay focused, and complete tasks independently (Ozerem & Kavas, 2013).

4. Curiosity

Curiosity is nurtured in Montessori classrooms by providing a rich variety of engaging, hands-on learning materials.

Children are encouraged to explore topics of interest at their own pace, fostering a natural love of learning (Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006). The teacher’s role as a guide helps to spark curiosity and provide resources for deeper investigation.

By valuing and supporting each child’s individual interests, Montessori education helps maintain and expand their innate curiosity.

Montessori education fosters empathy by emphasizing social and emotional development alongside academic growth (Lillard, 2017). Children are taught to recognize and understand their own feelings as well as the feelings of others through activities and discussions.

The mixed-age classroom setting provides opportunities for older children to mentor and assist younger peers, promoting a sense of compassion and understanding. Additionally, group activities and collaborative learning experiences help children practice empathy in real-life situations.

6. Collaboration

Collaboration is a key component of Montessori education, with a focus on cooperative learning and teamwork.

The mixed-age classroom environment encourages children to work together, share knowledge, and support each other’s learning (Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006). Group projects and activities are designed to foster a sense of community and collaboration, teaching children how to communicate effectively and solve problems together.

By working in teams, children develop important social skills and learn the value of cooperation (Lillard, 2017).

7. Creativity

Montessori classrooms are designed to nurture creativity by providing a wide range of materials and activities that encourage imaginative thinking (Ozerem & Kavas, 2013).

Children are given the freedom to explore and express themselves through art, music, and creative play (Isaacs, 2018). The Montessori approach values process over product, allowing children to experiment and innovate without fear of making mistakes.

By fostering an environment where creativity is encouraged and celebrated, Montessori education helps children develop their unique talents and creative potential.

8. Responsibility

Responsibility is emphasized in Montessori education through activities that teach children to care for themselves, others, and their environment (Lillard, 2017).

Practical life exercises, such as cleaning, gardening, and taking care of classroom pets, instill a sense of accountability and stewardship (Isaacs, 2018). Children are given classroom roles and responsibilities, helping them understand the importance of contributing to their community.

By encouraging children to take ownership of their actions and surroundings, Montessori education promotes a strong sense of responsibility and integrity.

9. Self-Motivation

Montessori education nurtures self-motivation by allowing children to pursue their interests and learn at their own pace (Ozerem & Kavas, 2013).

The environment is designed to provide a variety of engaging, hands-on materials that captivate children’s curiosity and drive.

By offering choices and encouraging autonomy, children become intrinsically motivated to explore and master new skills. Teachers support this self-directed learning by acting as guides, helping children set and achieve their personal goals.

Order is a crucial aspect of the Montessori classroom, with a carefully prepared environment that supports structured and purposeful learning.

The organization of materials and the layout of the classroom are designed to promote independence and concentration (Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006). Children learn to appreciate order through daily routines and the expectation to return materials to their proper places (Ozerem & Kavas, 2013).

This emphasis on order helps children develop a sense of predictability and stability, which is essential for their cognitive and emotional development.

Focus is developed in Montessori classrooms through extended, uninterrupted work periods that allow children to engage deeply with their tasks.

The carefully prepared environment minimizes distractions and provides the resources needed for concentrated learning (Lillard, 2017). Montessori materials are designed to capture children’s interest and encourage sustained attention.

By allowing children to work at their own pace and follow their interests, Montessori education helps them develop the ability to concentrate and maintain focus on their activities (Ozerem & Kavas, 2013).

12. Perseverance

Montessori education fosters perseverance by encouraging children to work through challenges and learn from their mistakes (Isaacs, 2018). The classroom environment is supportive and non-judgmental, allowing children to take risks and try new things without fear of failure.

Montessori materials are designed to be self-correcting, helping children to independently identify and resolve errors, which builds resilience (Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006).

Through repeated practice and mastery of progressively challenging tasks, children develop a strong sense of perseverance and determination.

13. Adaptability

Adaptability is nurtured in Montessori classrooms by encouraging flexibility and openness to change.

Children are given the opportunity to explore different activities and approaches to learning, helping them to develop problem-solving skills and adaptability (Lillard, 2017).

The mixed-age setting allows children to learn from each other and adapt to various social dynamics (Isaacs, 2018).

By promoting a growth mindset and the ability to adjust to new situations, Montessori education prepares children to navigate an ever-changing world.

14. Joy of Learning

The joy of learning is a core value in Montessori education, emphasizing the intrinsic pleasure children find in discovery and understanding (Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006). Montessori classrooms are designed to be engaging and stimulating, with hands-on materials that capture children’s interest and curiosity.

The self-directed nature of Montessori education allows children to pursue their passions and interests, making learning a joyful and fulfilling experience.

By creating a positive and encouraging learning environment, Montessori education instills a lifelong love of learning in children.

15. Environmental Stewardship

Environmental stewardship is emphasized in Montessori education by teaching children to respect and care for the natural world (Ozerem & Kavas, 2013).

Montessori classrooms often include activities like gardening, recycling, and learning about nature, which instill a sense of responsibility for the environment (Isaacs, 2018; Lillard, 2017). Children are encouraged to engage in practices that promote sustainability, such as conserving water and reducing waste.

By fostering an appreciation for the environment, Montessori education helps children develop lifelong habits of stewardship and a deep connection to the Earth.

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  • Length: As recruiters have a limited amount of time to review each resume they see, keep your resume to 2 pages or less to increase the chances of it being thoroughly reviewed.
  • Font & readability : Simplicity and a pleasant reading experience are crucial if you want to highlight your most valuable skills to recruiters. Use a clear font (avoid fancy ones) and break up the text in your resume with bullet points to ensure information can be easily consumed.
  • Layout & Structure: A visually appealing resume is important, but don’t forget about functionality. To ensure a functional design, use bold headings and borders to organize the page into clear sections.
  • Photos: You don’t have to add a photo to your resume in the States, but some regions and industries like to see them.

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Resume formatting tips

Resume layout

Add the following sections when you write your resume .

  • Name and contact details – Add to the very top of your resume to introduce yourself and make it super-easy for recruiters to get in touch.
  • Resume summary – Reel hiring managers in with an “elevator pitch” style paragraph which sums up your suitability for the job.
  • Skills section – A short and sharp list of your most important skills, that can be quickly skim-read.
  • Work experience – List your previous jobs (from newest to oldest) detailing the skills learnt and applied in each.
  • Education – List your qualifications and professional training.
  • Additional info – If it helps your application, you can add an extra section for things like hobbies and interests.

Here’s what to include in each part of your resume.

Contact Details

Contact details

Add your name and contact details to the very top of your resume, making it easy for recruiters to get in touch

  • Name and profession title
  • Cell phone number – or another number you can answer quickly
  • Location – Add your local area such as San Diego or New York – not your full address as that will take up too much space.
  • Email address – Use your name or close variation – no nicknames from high school.

You can add a link to your LinkedIn profile if you have one – you do not need to include personal details like date of birth or marital status.

Montessori Teacher Resume Summary

Grab the attention of recruiters right away by including a compelling summary at the top of your resume that summarizes your most valuable skills and experience.

This brief yet impactful section enables you to demonstrate why you’re the best candidate for the job and convince recruiters to keep reading.

resume profile

How to create a resume summary that will excite recruiters:

  • Keep it short: Aim for a short punchy paragraph of 4-7 lines. This is just enough info to showcase why you’d make the perfect hire, without going into excessive detail and overwhelming busy recruiters at such an early stage in the resume.
  • Tailor to target jobs: Ensure your profile makes an impact by matching it closely to the requirements of the job description, copying as many key terms as possible.
  • Avoid using cliches: Recruiters look for facts in resumes, such as hard skills and qualifications – so, leave out the meaningless cliches like “ hard worker who works well in a team and individually “

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What to include in your montessori teacher resume summary.

  • Summary of your experience: What kind of companies have you worked for in the past? And which jobs have you carried out?
  • Relevant skills: To quickly showcase your suitability for Montessori Teacher jobs, ensure that your summary emphasizes your most relevant skills to the jobs you are applying for.
  • Qualifications: Mention any Montessori Teacher qualifications that are important to your profession in the summary briefly, to show you are qualified to carry out the role.

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Core skills section

In addition to your resume summary, your core skills section provides an easily digestible snapshot of your skills – perfect for grabbing the attention of busy hiring managers.

As Montessori Teacher jobs might receive a huge pile of applications, this is a great way to stand out and show off your suitability for the role.

It should be made up of 2-3 columns of bullet points and be made up of skills that are highly relevant to the jobs you are targeting.

Core skills section resume

Best skills for your Montessori Teacher resume

Knowledge of Montessori philosophy – Utilizing knowledge of the Montessori philosophy and approach to education, including child development theories and Montessori curriculum principles.

Classroom management – Managing a Montessori classroom effectively, including setting up the environment, managing student behavior, and facilitating student learning.

Lesson planning – Planning and developing Montessori lesson plans, including selecting and preparing Montessori materials, to ensure effective delivery of the Montessori curriculum.

Assessment and evaluation – Utilizing knowledge of Montessori assessment and evaluation techniques, including observation and record keeping, to assess student progress and to inform instructional decisions.

Differentiated instruction – Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of individual students, including adapting Montessori materials and lessons to accommodate different learning styles and abilities.

Parent communication – Utilizing strong communication skills, including written and verbal communication, to effectively communicate with parents, to promote parent involvement in the education process.

Classroom leadership – Providing leadership in the classroom, including guiding and supporting other teachers, to promote a collaborative and productive work environment.

Classroom technology – Utilizing knowledge of classroom technology, including digital Montessori materials and educational software, to effectively integrate technology into the Montessori classroom.

Cultural competency – Utilizing knowledge of cultural competency, including an awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment.

Professional development – Being commitment to ongoing professional development, including attending Montessori workshops and training sessions, to maintain current knowledge of Montessori education and to continuously improve teaching skills.

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Work experience

Once you’ve hooked the hiring manager with your summary, you can really blow them away with you work experience.

List your previous jobs from newest to oldest to show the impact you made at each organization.

If you have years of experience, you can leave out some of the older jobs, and if you have little/no experience, you can bulk this section up with voluntary work and college placements.

Work experience resume

Structuring your jobs

Without a good structure, your job description can look messy and overwhelming to anyone reading them.

Make it easy for recruiters to read your work experience by structuring your roles like this.

Role descriptions

Job outline

Start with a 1-2 sentence outline of the role, summarizing what the goal of your position was, who you reported to (or managed) and the type of organization you worked for.

Key responsibilities

Then delve into the detail of your job by listing out easy-to-read bullet points which show how you apply your skills in the workplace.

Tailor these bullet points to focus on the skills and knowledge that are required in the jobs you are applying for.

Key achievements

Show employers the value you can bring to them by adding a few achievements to your jobs.

Whether you’ve saved the company money or improved an internal process, let recruiters know

Add some numbers to give readers a real scale of the impact, e.g. “reduced call wait time by 10%”

Example job for Montessori Teacher resume

Offer an alternative form of education to children between the ages of 0 and 12 years, for an agency of innovation, creativity, and service that supports local schools/systems as they undertake the important responsibility of educating children across Indiana communities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish appealing lesson plans and curricula focused on developing children’s social, physical, intellectual, and emotional skills.
  • Set an excellent example by instilling good values pupils, such as honesty, accountability, understanding, tolerance, respect, love, and kindness.
  • Create nurturing learning spaces where students feel included and obtain critical thinking/problem-solving capabilities.
  • Ensure classroom supplies and equipment are available and in good working condition.

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Education section

Towards the bottom of your resume, add your education section.

Here you should list your professional qualifications and academic record, such as high school diplomas or college degrees.

If you have lots of work experience, you can keep this section brief (because recruiters will be more interested in your career. If you have little/no experience then you should bulk this section up with plenty of detail.

Additional information

At the end of your resume, you can add any extra information that might be relevant to the jobs you are applying for.

This could be hobbies, interests, publications, clubs or memberships.

This section is optional and doesn’t need to be added if you have nothing more relevant to add.

Writing your own winning Montessori Teacher resume

Crafting a strong Montessori Teacher resume can be a daunting task, but implementing the steps outlined above will significantly increase your chances of securing multiple interview opportunities.

Good luck with your job search!

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Maria Montessori Quotes

Dr. Maria Montessori wrote copiously on the topics that defined her life’s work—education, child development, humanitarianism, social change. Here are some of her most quotable quotes, from several of her best-known works.

Education must begin at birth.

Dr. maria montessori, the 1946 london lectures, the child & learning.

“When a child is given a little leeway, he will at once shout, ’I want to do it!’ But in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children’s needs, they say, ‘Help me to do it alone.’”— The Secret of Childhood

“The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” — The Absorbent Mind

“At some given moment it happens that the child becomes deeply interested in a piece of work; we see it in the expression on his face, his intense concentration, the devotion to the exercise.” — The Discovery of the Child

“The hand is the instrument of intelligence. The child needs to manipulate objects and to gain experience by touching and handling. ” —The 1946 London Lectures

“Education must begin at birth.” —The 1946 London Lectures

“The satisfaction which they find in their work has given them a grace and ease like that which comes from music.” — The Discovery of the Child

“A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which he has been engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his calmness and discipline.” — The Discovery of the Child

“Praise, help, or even a look, may be enough to interrupt him, or destroy the activity….  The great principle which brings success to the teacher is this: as soon as concentration has begun, act as if the child does not exist.” — The Absorbent Mind

“As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.” — The Child, Society and the World (Unpublished Speeches and Writing)

“The child who has never learned to work by himself, to set goals for his own acts, or to be the master of his own force of will is recognizable in the adult who lets others guide his will and feels a constant need for approval of others.” — Education and Peace   

“… in every child is the seed that will mature into an adult.” — The Theosophist

“In the child is much knowledge, much wisdom. If we do not profit from it, it is only because of neglect on our part to become humble and to see the wonder of this soul and learn what the child can teach.” — The Theosophist

“The child looks for his independence first, not because he does not desire to be dependent on the adult. But because he has in himself some fire, some urge, to do certain things and not other things.” — The Theosophist

“It is necessary that the child teach himself, and then the success is great.” — The Theosophist

“Children acquire knowledge through experience in the environment.” —The 1946 London Lectures

“Children are endowed with a power that enables them to reconstruct things which are very complex, and they do so with a great deal of pleasure.” —The 1946 London Lectures

“Adults move because their will directs them. The small child is urged by nature.” —The 1946 London Lectures

“… the child’s individual liberty must be so guided that through his activity he may arrive at independence … the child who does not do, does not know how to do.” — The Montessori Method

The Role of the Teacher

“The teacher has two tasks: to lead the children to concentration and to help them in their development afterwards.” — The Child, Society and the World (Unpublished Speeches and Writing)

 “The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.” — The Absorbent Mind

“The instructions of the teacher consist then merely in a hint, a touch—enough to give a start to the child. The rest develops of itself.” — Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook

“Here is an essential principal of education: to teach details is to bring confusion; to establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge.” — From Childhood to Adolescence

 “The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.” — The Absorbent Mind

“An ordinary teacher cannot be transformed into a Montessori teacher, but must be created anew, having rid herself of pedagogical prejudices.” — Education for a New World

“She [the Montessori teacher] must acquire a moral alertness which has not hitherto been demanded by any other system, and this is revealed in her tranquility, patience, charity, and humility. Not words, but virtues, are her main qualifications.” — The Discovery of the Child

“The fundamental help in development, especially with little children of 3 years of age, is not to interfere. Interference stops activity and stops concentration.” — The Child, Society and the World (Unpublished Speeches and Writing)

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Maria Montessori

“It is not true,” says Dr. Montessori, “that I invented what is called the Montessori Method. I have studied the child, I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it, and that is what is called the Montessori Method.”

Child Development & Discipline

“To let the child do as he likes when he has not yet developed any powers of control, is to betray the idea of freedom ... . Real freedom, instead, is a consequence of development; it is the development of latent guides, aided by education.” — The Absorbent Mind

“Discipline is born when the child concentrates his attention on some object that attracts him and which provides him not only with a useful exercise but with a control of error. Thanks to these exercises … the child becomes calm, radiantly happy, busy, forgetful of himself and, in consequence, indifferent to prizes or material rewards.” — The Absorbent Mind

 “… the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity, as often happens in old-time discipline.” — The Montessori Method

“A room in which all the children move about usefully, intelligently, and voluntarily, without committing any rough or rude act, would seem to me a classroom very well disciplined indeed.” — The Montessori Method

Education & Social Change

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” — Education and Peace

“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” — To Educate the Human Potential

“Education is the best weapon for peace.” — Education and Peace

“True peace … suggests the triumph of justice and love among men; it reveals the existence of a better world where harmony reigns.” — Peace and Education

“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking: it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” — Education and Peace

“If we are among the men of good will who yearn for peace, we must lay the foundation for peace ourselves, by working for the social world of the child.” —International Montessori Congress, 1937

“The only true freedom for an individual is to have the opportunity to act independently … there is no such thing as an individual until a person can act by himself.” — Education and Peace  

“Preventing conflicts is the work of politics; establishing peace is the work of education.”— Education and Peace

“This is the hope we have—a hope in a new humanity that will come from this new education, an education that is collaboration of man and the universe….”  — The Theosophist

We see the figure of the child who stands before us with his arms held open, beckoning humanity to follow.

Dr. Maria Montessori, Education and Peace

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Granada Hills preschool teacher accused of abuse, taping children's mouths shut

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GRANADA HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Parents claim a teacher at a Granada Hills preschool abused children, including slapping them on the back and duct-taping their mouths shut. That teacher and two other staff members have been fired, but families say they do not believe the school acted quickly enough.

ABC7 spoke with five mothers who chose to remain anonymous and have already or will pull their children out of Granada Hills Montessori Preschool.

"I asked my son directly, 'Hey have you had your ears pulled,'" said one mother. "He kind of got a little bit quiet and was like 'I don't want to tell you because I've been a good boy'."

The 4-year-old victims were afraid to tell their own mothers what was allegedly happening in their classroom.

"She started to go into detail about the things that she's witnessed," said another mother. "She thinks that it's completely normal to have duct tape on their mouth."

The startling claims allege the teacher pulled the children's ears or hair and slapped them on the back as consequences for allegedly misbehaving or simply being chatty.

"He had told me, when people talk too much, that's why they get their mouths duct-taped," said another concerned mother.

Granada Hills Montessori responded to the allegations in a statement that read, in part:

"On July 3rd, administration was made aware that a teacher allegedly took nontraditional steps in their classroom. Following a prompt and thorough investigation, we have decided to terminate a Classroom A teacher along with two co-teachers that were assigned to the classroom."

Many parents dispute the timing outlined in the statement, saying they questioned teachers and administrators as early as last fall but got brushed off.

One mom even said the school administrator offered her an explanation.

"She excused the duct-taping incident as for demonstration purposes only."

The school statement goes on to say: "We must make abundantly clear that Granada Hills Montessori School does not condone any form of abusive and or physical discipline of its students and regularly takes every step possible to avoid such behavior by its employees."

The parents aren't buying that line, and say it was heartbreaking to hear from a 4-year-old that the pre-school was mentally traumatic as well.

"I get really emotional talking about this part, he said he wants to die, and that no one at school likes him, his teacher is mean to him," said another concerned mother. "I would tell him all the time, I love you so much, you're so smart, and he's like 'No I'm not, my teachers don't like me'."

The group of mothers took it upon themselves to contact other parents at the school to let them know what was going on. They say the school wasn't being transparent.

They contacted police and say they're also considering civil litigation.

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The Personal Statement Topics Ivy League Hopefuls Should Avoid

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A compelling personal statement is a critical component of an Ivy League application, as it offers students the unique opportunity to showcase their personality, experiences, and aspirations. Kickstarting the writing process in the summer can give students a critical advantage in the admissions process, allowing them more time to brainstorm, edit, and polish standout essays. However, as students begin drafting their essays this summer, they should bear in mind that selecting the right topic is crucial to writing a successful essay. Particularly for students with Ivy League aspirations, submitting an essay that is cliche, unoriginal, or inauthentic can make the difference between standing out to admissions officers or blending into the sea of other applicants.

As ambitious students embark on the college application process, here are the personal statement topics they should avoid:

1. The Trauma Dump

Many students overcome significant hurdles by the time they begin the college application process, and some assume that the grisliest and most traumatic stories will attract attention and sympathy from admissions committees. While vulnerability can be powerful, sharing overly personal or sensitive information can make readers uncomfortable and shift focus away from a student’s unique strengths. Students should embrace authenticity and be honest about the struggles they have faced on their path to college, while still recognizing that the personal statement is a professional piece of writing, not a diary entry. Students should first consider why they want to share a particular tragic or traumatic experience and how that story might lend insight into the kind of student and community member they will be on campus. As a general rule, if the story will truly enrich the admissions committee’s understanding of their candidacy, students should thoughtfully include it; if it is a means of proving that they are more deserving or seeking to engender pity, students should consider selecting a different topic. Students should adopt a similar, critical approach as they write about difficult or sensitive topics in their supplemental essays, excluding unnecessary detail and focusing on how the experience shaped who they are today.

2. The Travelogue

Travel experiences can be enriching, but essays that merely recount a trip to a foreign country without deeper reflection often fall flat. Additionally, travel stories can often unintentionally convey white saviorism , particularly if students are recounting experiences from their charity work or mission trips in a foreign place. If a student does wish to write about an experience from their travels, they should prioritize depth not breadth—the personal statement is not the place to detail an entire itinerary or document every aspect of a trip. Instead, students should focus on one specific and meaningful experience from their travels with vivid detail and creative storytelling, expounding on how the event changed their worldview, instilled new values, or inspired their future goals.

3. The Superhero Narrative

Ivy League and other top colleges are looking for students who are introspective and teachable—no applicant is perfect (admissions officers know this!). Therefore, it’s crucial that students be aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and open about the areas in which they hope to grow. They should avoid grandiose narratives in which they cast themselves as flawless heroes. While students should seek to put their best foot forward, depicting themselves as protagonists who single-handedly resolve complex issues can make them appear exaggerated and lacking in humility. For instance, rather than telling the story about being the sole onlooker to stand up for a peer being bullied at the lunch table, perhaps a student could share about an experience that emboldened them to advocate for themselves and others. Doing so will add dimension and dynamism to their essay, rather than convey a static story of heroism.

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Similarly, many students feel compelled to declare their intention to solve global issues like world hunger or climate change. While noble, these proclamations can come across as unrealistic and insincere, and they can distract from the tangible achievements and experiences that a student brings to the table. Instead, applicants should focus on demonstrable steps they’ve taken or plan to take within their local community to enact positive change, demonstrating their commitment and practical approach to making a difference. For instance, instead of stating a desire to eradicate poverty, students could describe their extended involvement in a local charity and how it has helped them to discover their values and actualize their passions.

5. The Sports Story

While sports can teach valuable lessons, essays that focus solely on athletic achievements or the importance of a particular game can be overdone and lack depth. Admissions officers have read countless essays about students scoring the winning goal, dealing with the hardship of an injury, or learning teamwork from sports. Students should keep in mind that the personal essay should relay a story that only they can tell—perhaps a student has a particularly unique story about bringing competitive pickleball to their high school and uniting unlikely friend groups or starting a community initiative to repair and donate golf gear for students who couldn’t otherwise afford to play. However, if their sports-related essay could have been written by any high school point guard or soccer team captain, it’s time to brainstorm new ideas.

6. The Pick-Me Monologue

Students may feel the need to list their accomplishments and standout qualities in an effort to appear impressive to Ivy League admissions officers. This removes any depth, introspection, and creativity from a student’s essay and flattens their experiences to line items on a resume. Admissions officers already have students’ Activities Lists and resumes; the personal statement should add texture and dimension to their applications, revealing aspects of their character, values and voice not otherwise obvious through the quantitative aspects of their applications. Instead of listing all of their extracurricular involvements, students should identify a particularly meaningful encounter or event they experienced through one of the activities that matters most to them, and reflect on the ways in which their participation impacted their development as a student and person.

7. The Pandemic Sob Story

The Covid-19 pandemic was a traumatic and formative experience for many students, and it is therefore understandable that applicants draw inspiration from these transformative years as they choose their essay topics. However, while the pandemic affected individuals differently, an essay about the difficulties faced during this time will likely come across as unoriginal and generic. Admissions officers have likely read hundreds of essays about remote learning challenges, social isolation, and the general disruptions caused by Covid-19. These narratives can start to blend together, making it difficult for any single essay to stand out. Instead of centering the essay on the pandemic's challenges, students should consider how they adapted, grew, or made a positive impact during this time. For example, rather than writing about the difficulties of remote learning, a student could describe how they created a virtual study group to support classmates struggling with online classes. Similarly, an applicant might write about developing a new skill such as coding or painting during lockdown and how this pursuit has influenced their academic or career goals. Focusing on resilience, innovation, and personal development can make for a more compelling narrative.

Crafting a standout personal statement requires dedicated time, careful thought, and honest reflection. The most impactful essays are those that toe the lines between vulnerability and professionalism, introspection and action, championing one’s strengths and acknowledging weaknesses. Starting early and striving to avoid overused and unoriginal topics will level up a student’s essay and increase their chances of standing out.

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Brown reaches agreement that resolves ocr complaint alleging antisemitism.

Voluntary agreement with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights enhances many efforts already underway at the University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education announced on July 8, 2024, that Brown has voluntarily agreed to clarify and enhance existing policies and procedures related to the resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints, including those related to antisemitism.

While entering the agreement , the University denied that it violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when handling the matters alleged in a complaint filed with OCR that prompted the agreement. The complaint had been filed by the editor of the Campus Reform online media outlet, who has no affiliation with Brown or presence on its campus.

As part of the voluntary resolution agreement with OCR, the University agreed to continue efforts underway to conduct nondiscrimination training for members of the campus community. The University agreed to begin conducting this annual training for all employees and students in the 2024-25 academic year. In addition, employees responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment will continue to receive investigator training and that training will take place annually.

Many of the required actions outlined in the resolution agreement were underway and previously announced by the University. In early February, the University announced a range of new and ongoing actions to confront discrimination, harassment and strengthen the community .

“We have an obligation to both secure the safety and well-being of all members of our community by addressing harassment and discrimination, and also to remain steadfast in upholding the core academic values at the heart of what we do every day,” President Christina H. Paxson wrote to the Brown community on Feb. 5, 2024.

The programming and initiatives announced in February served to strengthen education and understanding about Title VI (the federal law prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, or national origin); streamline and clarify processes for addressing unacceptable behavior under Brown’s policies; create opportunities to engage in constructive dialog across difference; and support the University’s ongoing commitments to academic freedom and freedom of expression.

This included the creation of the Office of Equity Compliance and Reporting , improved and consolidated incident forms for reporting bias, harassment and discrimination, and clarifying the complaint resolution process for reports of incidents. Brown also announced in February the pending development of education and training on nondiscrimination and harassment principles, as well as steps to clarify guidance about appropriate responses to protected speech that some may find offensive. Augmenting Brown’s suite of campus climate surveys was also part of these efforts.

In its press release announcing the resolution agreement with the University, OCR stated the following:

“OCR commends the University for revising its practices during the pendency of this investigation and for working to fulfill key priorities it identified to ensure a non-discriminatory environment for the Brown community, including the University’s stated goal of taking the strongest possible stance against any form of discrimination and harassment including, but not limited to, antisemitism, anti-Muslim hate, or other unlawful discrimination based on actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics or citizenship or residency in a country with a dominant religion or distinct religious identity. OCR determined that monitoring the University’s fulfillment of its key priorities through the following terms [as elaborated upon in the release online] of the resolution agreement announced today will effectively ensure the University’s compliance with Title VI not to discriminate based on shared ancestry… .”

In some cases, the University agreed to further enhance and clarify its existing policies and procedures. In other cases, the University agreed to expand previously announced efforts, such as broadening the scope of training on nondiscrimination and harassment. The agreement also establishes timelines and reporting requirements through the life of the agreement.

“The University is satisfied that the voluntary resolution with OCR enforces and reaffirms Brown’s commitment to strengthening our policies, systems and operations to ensure a campus environment where students, faculty and staff are safe and supported,” said Russell C. Carey, executive vice president for planning and policy, and interim vice president for campus life. Carey signed the agreement on behalf of Brown.

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  16. What are the Qualities of a Montessori Teacher?

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  18. The Role of the Montessori Teacher

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    5 Montessori Teacher Resume Examples & Guide for 2024. Your Montessori teacher resume must display a firm grasp of the Montessori method. Highlight your specific training, such as AMI or AMS certification, to demonstrate your expertise. Emphasize your experience with child-centered learning environments. Showcase your ability to prepare and ...

  20. What is a Montessori Teacher? Some Unique Characteristics

    A Montessori teacher is an educator trained in the pedagogy of Maria Montessori, usually from an Association Montessori International (AMI) accredited training institution. Traditionally called a director or directress, Montessori teachers received comprehensive training in theories on education, child psychology, classroom observation and ...

  21. 15 Montessori Values for your Classroom (2024)

    2. Respect. Respect is a core value in Montessori education, encompassing respect for oneself, others, and the environment (Lillard, 2017).. Children are taught to handle materials and classroom resources with care, demonstrating respect for shared property. The mixed-age group setting encourages older children to model respectful behavior for younger peers, fostering a community of mutual ...

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    Montessori Teacher resume example. You're an expert in child development, and you know how to support children and help them grow into kind and capable individuals. While you are perfectly qualified to shape young minds in this way, it's swaying the recruiter to give you an interview that's the tricky part.

  24. Maria Montessori Quotes

    The rest develops of itself.". — Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook. "Here is an essential principal of education: to teach details is to bring confusion; to establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge.". — From Childhood to Adolescence. "The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith ...

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education announced on July 8, 2024, that Brown has voluntarily agreed to clarify and enhance existing policies and procedures related to the resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints, including those related to antisemitism. While entering the agreement, the University denied that it ...

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