What about exceptionally fidgety and or unruly kids
They are free to choose their own work so there's no fidgeting. They generally find something they want to do and settle to it. As for the unruly ones, they also find something to interest them and the work calms them. If a child can't settle I simply have the child sit with me. I I might say 'you're wandering around and annoying people, stopping them from doing their work which they don't like. Now if there's nothing you want to do I shall have to ask you to sit with me for a while as we can't have you disturbing busy people.' If I have time I might do an activity with them. If not they'll have to sit there and watch whatever I'm doing which they usually enjoy. Sometimes I might be giving a lesson to another child and the fidgety one will actually take a great interest it, just as an observer.
bully weaker pupils
That doesn't happen in Montessori schools.
accost the teacher?
Also doesn't happen.
Have you ever personally experienced such encounters
I have in mainstream schools but any teacher worth her salt puts a stop to that very swiftly. Any bullying in my class was always pretty mild, trivial stuff and I nipped it in the bud immediately. You have to be a very good observer of children and spot what's going on before it gets established.
It's hard to understand I know, but if you get the children into Montessori when they're three years old and you have three years with them until they're six, by the time they get to seven, they will not bully anyone or give trouble to a teacher. Of course I'm talking about proper Montessori schools not half-baked things that use the name and don't really practise the method
"The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity, as often happens in the case of the old-time discipline." Maria Montessori. Great woman Montessori.
I doubt if you were consciously mouthing a buzzword of the PC Dictatorship. You simply went with the flow.
What are you talking about? I never mentioned humankind
. Oh yes, I did, way back posts ago. What's wrong with it, it's a perfectly valid word in its own right.