Brilliant Star teachers play a very different role from those played by traditionally trained educators. While the stern disciplinarians of the past may be an endangered species, many teachers are focused on maintaining order and on covering a pre-defined curriculum that is not necessarily tailored to the needs of the individual child. Most see their role as dispensing facts and skills to complacent students.
The role of the teachers at Brilliant Star is that of facilitators and guides. The teacher is usually not the center of attention and will not normally spend much time working with the whole class at once. Her role centers around reviewing the progress and needs of each individual child on a daily basis, and preparing and organizing appropriate learning materials to meet the needs and interests of each child in the class.
The teachers usually present a lesson to one or two children at a time and limit them to a quick, efficient presentation. The objective is to intrigue the children so that they will come back on their own to work with the materials.
Lessons center around clear and simple information that is necessary for the children to be able to do the work on their own: the name of the materials, its place on the shelf, the ground rules for its use, and some of the possibilities inherent within it.
The teachers closely monitor their students’ progress, keeping the level of challenge high. Because they come to know the children so well, the teachers at Brilliant Star can use special materials for individual needs to enrich the curriculum and provide alternate avenues for accomplishment and success.
To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator. – Maria Montessori