Director / Guide / Advisor (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Director / Guide / Advisor (Montessori)

In a Montessori context, the terms ‘Director’, ‘Guide’, or ‘Advisor’ often refer to the lead educator in a Montessori classroom. Different Montessori schools may use different terminologies, with some using the more traditional term ‘Teacher’. Regardless of the terminology, the role of this individual is fundamentally the same.

The educator in a Montessori setting assumes a unique role, distinct from traditional educational models. Rather than delivering a centralized lecture or directing the classroom, the Montessori teacher observes the students and guides them towards activities that align with their interests and developmental readiness. This process encourages self-direction and independence in learning[1].


Montessori Quotes on the Role of the Teacher

“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.’ “

— Maria Montessori, “The Absorbent Mind”