The life skills that support successful collaboration in school, business, or social settings are referred to as soft skills or people skills. These skills, when ingrained, become commendable character traits that support future success. Eight major “life skills” that are developed at Montessori Bali are as follows:
STRONG WORK ETHIC
• Students reflect on their progress in personal journals and make appropriate adjustments to achieve their goals.
• Children take responsibility to choose challenging work at their level and work to complete it at their own pace, without interruption.
• Principles of positive discipline used in the class focus on the things that the children do well and the options that are open to them.
• Montessori trained guides are careful to nurture children’s interests and insist that they evaluate their own work.
GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
• Montessori trained guides model effective communication skills by carefully articulating when speaking with students.
• Role-play exercises build awareness and communication tools by allowing children to test different communication strategies.
• Classroom meetings, presentations and Art’s Café events present opportunities to hone communication skills.
• In the lower primary level children start to list the activities they would like to accomplish that day.
• By reflecting on their work they become aware of the time requirements of different tasks.
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
• Children independently solve the mysteries of Montessori materials and learn the underlying lessons.
• Weekly classroom meetings bring children together to collaboratively solve issues in their classroom.
ACTING AS A TEAM PLAYER
• Collaborative group work starts at the lower primary level and continues through all upper levels.
• Children collectively determine, and commit to, the governing rules for their classroom.
• Children find their own answers in the materials that they work with.
• Individual strengths of the students are recognised and emphasised.
• Personal interests and learning style are used to guide children along their unique path to discovery.
• Children are guided toward work that is aligned with their optimal interest and learning capacity.
• Children choose goals in the different subject areas of the classroom and determine independently how to achieve them.
• Children receive specific lessons in conflict resolution.
• Guided role-play is used to practise conflict resolution techniques.
• Students learn a standardised mediation process where children can act as mediators to resolve issues between fellow classmates.