Respect (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Respect (Montessori)

Respect is a fundamental value within the Montessori educational philosophy. Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of respect for self, others, the environment, and the learning materials[1].

This principle manifests in the Montessori classroom through the emphasis on courteous behavior, the expectation that students will take care of their environment and materials, and the recognition of the rights of others to work undisturbed. Children are taught to handle materials carefully, to move quietly and purposefully within the classroom, and to communicate with their peers and teachers in a respectful manner[2].


Montessori Quotes on Respect

“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.
— Maria Montessori, “Education for a New World”