In the Montessori curriculum, we think that mistakes are part of the learning process.
We teach students not to be embarrassed or ashamed by the errors they make. We want students to learn in a natural, human way and we think that rewarding perfection is not the best approach. Our teachers often use their own mistakes as learning moments in the classroom so that children can see that even adults are not perfect.
As we all know, the experience of childhood is filled with small errors like spilling water or dropping food. Instead of raising their voices or scolding the child, Montessori teachers use these moments as lessons.
They identify the mistake and then go about solving it with the child. For instance, a teacher might say, “It looks like you spilled water on the floor. Let’s clean it up together.”