Patient Waiting

“The teacher must be quiet and passive, waiting patiently and almost withdrawing herself from the scene, so as to efface her own personality and thus allow plenty of room for the child’s spirit to expand.”
Dr. Maria Montessori from Absorbent Mind, p 240
Patient waiting combines very well with other more active techniques to resolve many types of problem situations with children. This technique activates a beneficial self-control, which at times is very important to remove the detrimental influence of your personality in a misbehavior scenario. When this type of very light technique is not sufficient, you may need a heavier technique, such as reflective language.