The Peaceful Teacher

(and how far away I am from that…)

My journey in the Montessori world isn’t one of just knowledge – It’s also a very internal journey for peace, love, and kindness. Changing yourself is one of the most difficult things you can do. Not only does it require realistic self-examination and admitting your faults, it requires constant monitoring of that which you desire to change.

“A teacher, therefore, who would think that he could prepare himself for his mission through study alone would be mistaken. The first thing required of a teacher is that he be rightly disposed for his task.

The way in which we observe a child is extremely important. It is not sufficient to have a merely theoretical knowledge of education.

We insist on the fact that a teacher must prepare himself interiorly by systematically studying himself so that he can tear out his most deeply rooted defects, those in fact which impede his relations with children. In order to discover these subconscious failings, we have a need of a special kind of instruction. We must see ourselves as another sees us. ” – Maria Montessori (The Secret Of Childhood)

My own inward-reflection:

  • I know that for myself I’d like to be a bit calmer in the face of stress, and I wish that I could channel my outward placidness inward sometimes. I’m fairly certain I have Adult ADHD as concentrating is pretty difficult most of the time. Outwardly I probably look calm and complacent, but inwards I’m a bustle of checklists, inner-monologue, and worry about having just missed something someone said.
  • I’d also like to pay more attention to the level of my voice. Sometimes I can get pretty loud, which causes the noise level in the classroom around me to escalate.
  • When I become upset sometimes, I can be a little over-emotional.It is a good thing and a bad thing to be emotional. I think it is important for the children to know that you are a human being as well, but it needs to be moderated by yourself.

I have been making an active point to practice what I read in all of these wonderful books, and to inwardly groom myself. I do notice it does make a difference in the classroom which is awesome encouragement for continuing!


2 thoughts on “The Peaceful Teacher

  1. It is definitely true that the demeanor of the teacher has a massive impact on the class. Simple rules that I try to keep for myself include, not raisong my voice. Children come to me to speak to me and I go to them if I want to address them. Using a windchime to catch the classes attention is better than shouting “listen to me!”. Squatting down to child level is better than bending down (it is intimidating to bent down to, try it!).

    Above all, it is practice. I find sometimes I want to be cross enough to justify in my own mind that I said or did something. Not hit or shout obviously, but to say I am disappointed or to take an activity away from a child rather than redirecting the use of it….. The practice I need most of is to curb the shortness of my temper, especially when I am tired or stressed by something outside of school.

    I have a feeling I will be practicing fro many years to come, but that’s OK, simply knowing I am practicing means I will do better than last year. Being mindful – that’s the key.

  2. same as parenting, I realise I need to be intentionally (not pretending or faking) to tell myself: be calm and gentle and silent around the children next time, when I did it next day, the class was wonderful, I reflected when I was not calm one time, my emotion actually impacted one girl in my class who has had problems from her family. Intentionally is a key, it helped me realise I do not need to be perfect for I am not and no one is, but we need to be aware when we are with young children and intentionally practice Montessori Way.

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