Two core Montessori principles are that children are their own best teachers, and that they achieve mastery through exploration, imitation, repetition, and trial and error. Thus our teachers serve as thoughtful and enthusiastic guides who foster students’ curiosity and introduce them to the skills and means to learn – a profound difference from the traditional model of the teacher as the source of learning.
Our faculty members carefully observe each student’s learning style, interests, and developmental readiness for the next steps. They set progressive goals for students, monitoring and recording their progress toward these. Our teachers demonstrate the use of specially designed hands-on Montessori learning materials and other skills when students are ready to use them.
Montessori teachers serve as role models in all ways – in learning and in character. They demonstrate core values of respect for each individual, cooperation, kindness, and responsibility. Our teachers establish an orderly environment and engage students in accepting responsibility for maintaining order and cleanliness. They encourage their independence but also their sense of understanding and caring for the society and the environment we live in.
When teachers and administrators from other Montessori schools visit CVMS, they are invariably impressed by our exceptional teaching staff and the enthusiasm, independence, and achievements of our students.