A Shout Out to Our Assistants

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Assistant interacting with children

Assistant interacting with children


As a classroom teacher for many years, I am well aware of the incredible help and support I received from my many assistants. The students were beneficiaries of their interests, patience and often one-on-one interventions aiding a child struggling with a challenging piece of work. That extra pair of eyes and ears provided a constant stream of valuable information and observations. In a traditional classroom, the adults are always the center of attention but in a Montessori classroom, the adults should have a more subtle presence. Flexibility is a highly valued skill because like the teacher, the assistant has many duties to accomplish on any given day but needs to be able to think and act on the fly when necessary. One of my favorite aspects of teaching was the spontaneity of the classroom, no two days were ever the same and seeing ideas and plans erupt from the children was exciting. An assistant plays an integral role in keeping all the plates spinning.

Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern, Academic Programs