The role of the assistant is crucial to a harmonious Montessori environment that supports the development of children’s independence and concentration, facilitates children’s interactions and opportunities to help each other and allows the guide/teacher to fully implement her role.
The assistant and teacher must work together as a cohesive team; ongoing regular communication assists this collaboration. Together they prepare and maintain an orderly, attractive, and joyful environment. The assistant provides another pair of observant, attentive eyes and ears. Classroom assistants are crucial in modeling courteous and respectful behavior as well as contributing to the warm, supportive, and calm atmosphere that is the hallmark of AMI Montessori classrooms.
Resources for Assistants