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Learn these 7 key phrases Montessori teachers use

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Montessori teachers use language that respects the child and provides consistent expectations. Words are chosen carefully to encourage children to be independent, intrinsically motivated critical thinkers.
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Here are the 7 phrases that we should be using:
1. I saw you working hard.
2. What do you think about your work?
3. Where could you look for that?
4. Which part would you like my help with?
5. In our class, we...
6. Don't disturb him, he is concentrating.
7. Follow the child.
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Have you used any of these phrases? What other phrases do you use to encourage independent and critical thinking?
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I like the first sentence. Praising the effort and not just the results helps build your child’s confidence. A key concept Montessori teachers follow is commending the process.
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The second phrase fosters independence by encouraging kids to voice out their thoughts and feelings. Not only does this build critical thinking, it hones their skills of communication and boosts their sense of self. Seipsum
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Number 4 is important. By asking how you can help, you are still allowing a child to think independently and to learn how to collaborate with others.
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A way to establish rules and good behavior is to follow the Montessori teacher’s way of establishing them. A Montessori teacher would usually precede a desired attitude with “In our classroom, we…
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A way to establish rules and good behavior is to follow the Montessori teacher’s way of establishing them. A Montessori teacher would usually precede a desired attitude with “In our classroom, we…
I should try to use this at home. It's so hard to establish any kind of rule on my kids.
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Something for me to start on doing more often is number 6. I can't help but interrupt with a praise or feedback whenever my toddler is doing something.
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I say to my 4.5 year old “You can do hard things!” when he’s struggling with something or when he’s finished something he worked hard on. The other day I overheard him telling his 2.5 year old brother “See, T? You can do hard things, too!” ❤ Melted my heart!
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I love this. I know my lo is too young to understand this yet but I’ve been trying to train myself to let him know when I see him working hard and/or concentrating.
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this is important parenting work
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Agree with # 3, I hate spoon feeding answers to my kids. Prompting them with questions will help them think of creative solutions to their problems.
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Technology is diminishing young people’s attention spans at an alarming rate. Practicing and improving their concentration will help their learning ability in the long-term, especially as responsibilities become greater with age.
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