Montessori Method of Learning

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If education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man, then the method to bring out that perfection is extremely significant. It is this method that Dr. Maria Montessori had developed way back in the early 20th century. Popularly known as the Montessori method of teaching all across the globe, it primarily deals with self-motivation and auto education of a child.

Unlike other forms of imparting education that intend to instruct and teach a child, the Montessori method is based on the belief that a child will gain knowledge naturally if placed in an environment having the proper materials. These materials, consisting of “learning games” suited to a child’s aptitude and interests, are arranged by a teacher-observer who mediates only when individual help is needed.

Experts and educationists are all praise for the Montessori method. They observe that it helps a child in cultivating social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools. Evaluating the Montessori method versus the conventional mode of education, it has been observed by noted scholars that the Montessori method is more suited to what psychological research divulges about human development.

Montessori method is seen as a system aimed at the growth of a child’s cognitive or rational faculty. Hence it is interpreted as a way of progressive education that aims at developing motor abilities along with sensory and intellectual skills of a child.

The Montessori method runs on the philosophy that a child develops and thinks differently from adults. Children are not just “adults in small bodies”. The method brings into consideration children’s rights, their growing into responsible adults and leading to world peace. Contrary to traditional methods, “We instill a desire to learn and provide things to feed that desire,” says Fosca White, Director of the Montessori Academy of Chicago, Illinois.

The Montessori method is greatly a hands-on approach to learning. It creates a child-centric environment that promotes individualized learning through exploration, discovery and creativity under the supervision of a well-trained teacher. The underlying philosophy, as stated by Dr. Montessori herself, “Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success,” is what makes it a better way of learning on any given day.

All articles contributed in full or part by Athens Learning college preparedness resource.

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