Tania Gaffney is a Montessori 6-12 teacher and loves those ‘aha moments’

20 April 2017 • Teacher education

I first learned about Montessori when my sister’s children started going to Montessori, about 22 years ago. However it was a number of years later that I started working in Montessori. I started with 3-6 children but now I have been teaching 6-9 year olds for several years.

Montessori career tania gaffneyIt is difficult to recall what first caught my interest in Montessori, maybe it was watching my nieces and nephews being independent at home. What I do remember is that whenever I was doing any training I wished there had been the opportunity for me to have this type of schooling when I grew up. Maybe I would have been better at maths and more interested in school in general.

I have a Montessori 3-6 diploma from London Montessori Centre and worked for four years in a Montessori preschool. I then spent three years at university getting my state primary qualifications with the intention of teaching in a Montessori classroom when I graduated.  In 2003 and 2004 I travelled to New York and completed an American Montessori Society Diploma for 6-9 year olds and I have taught this age group for the last seven years.

What I love about Montessori are the  ‘aha moments’ that the children have when they suddenly realise something.  I like that I don’t have to be the bearer of all knowledge and that the children can seek help from each other and that I can ask them for help as well. I like that I can take the time to sit and observe children. I like that I can be giving a lesson and the rest of the class are getting on with what they have chosen to do.  I like it that sometimes when I go to give a lesson the child says ‘another child has already given me that lesson.’

It is fantastic that children can learn independently and be so collaborative together.

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