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Praise in the Montessori Classroom

Montessori and Praise

I worked for a directress who was educated in Montessori schools in Holland. She said these schools were run under Mario Montessori’s branch, or what we would call AMI today. Her insight as to how Montessori theory worked was profound because of her Montessori experience as a student from preschool to adulthood.

One of things she did constantly was to praise the students. This directress would lavishly praise the children with comments such as, “Oh, how nice you look today" or "I like how quietly you did that.”
Praise is a big part of our everyday life. Positive spoken words are powerful. Her positive words made everyone around her upbeat and cooperative. The classroom was an accepting and kind environment. Students, teachers and parents were unified in this peaceful place.
It was such a wonderful experience to work in this Montessori classroom.

Praise is a great way to tell children what we expect from them.

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