Withitness

One of the most important trait a teacher should have to be successful and keep the children safe in a classroom is

Withitness”.

Here’s the link to the Definition of withitness

Simple tips to enhance this trait are as follows:

1. Face maximum children while doing any activity.

2. Have a general awareness of where your “challenging/busy ones “are.

3. Avoid sitting down with one -on-on lessons when classroom is in “false fatigue “ or chaos mode.

4. Never turn your back from the children and get busy in an activity.

5. Get your challenging ones engaged in an activity /invite them to watch the lesson before sitting down for a long lesson with an older child in the classroom.

6. Align the classroom in way where there are no “hiding” spots – behind the shelves , behind the map cabinet etc.

7. Periodically talk to children about safety procedures – sitting on chair, not going under table , not leaving classroom without teacher’s permission etc.

8. Always communicate with the other adult/teacher if you are taking any children out of the environment or if you are leaving the environment by yourself.

A teacher should have eyes everywhere at all times “.

 

 

 

Published by

Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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