With a philosophy strong in Montessori philosophies the teachers at CLMS take on the role of facilitator, mentor, resource, observer, and friend. They strive to create a learning environment of meaningful activities designed to nurture self-confidence, independence, creativity, and curiosity. Their approach encourages children to ask questions, think for themselves, develop internal motivation and discipline, and also models respect and caring for others, courtesy and grace, and assists children in becoming joyful learners.
It is the responsibility of the teacher to observe the students, getting to know each of their individual personalities, learning styles, strengths and weaknesses, as well as interests, and to then design individualized lessons which will challenge and inspire them. Teaching is often done with small groups of students and is designed to capture interest and motivate them to engage in further independent discovery employing either the materials within the classroom or through research beyond the school walls. The teacher encourages students to research their interests, analyze what they have learned, come to their own conclusions, and share their findings through oral presentation. Clear and consistent expectations and rules are created which helps students to internalize boundaries and develop greater self-discipline leading to greater freedom in the classroom. It is the role of our teachers, as coach and role model, which helps the students to see mistakes as part of the learning process and to become creative problem solvers.
Through observation and communication, a close bond develops between the teacher and students which allows them to foster a truly sincere relationship based on mutual respect and an appreciation of each child’s uniqueness. Each teacher not only maintains the academic environment and facilitates learning, but helps children to find their place in the world; their individual purpose. It is her ultimate goal to help children reach their unique human potential.