Montessori Education : Teaching And Teaching Process

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Montessori education is a different approach to teach preschool age children; in this method the students are allowed to guide their own learning. This alternative to the traditional way of schooling has been around for over a century. Due to a Montessori classroom being a unique environment, the activities that happen there are often different from the activities in a traditional school. One of the main views of Montessori practitioners have on children’s learning is that they develop and learn in different ways and also at different rates.
Montessori education was created in Italy, by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907. Dr. Montessori was the first Italian female physician , so this might contribute to her unique new way to teach children. Before creating the first Montessori school Maria had observed the learning development of young children, and came to the conclusion that students learned best when they were actively assisting in the learning and teaching process. After coming to this conclusion she founded the principles for a Montessori education. She based this education model after the idea that students who “freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities” would remain better engaged in their education.
Dr. Montessori is now thought to be before her times with some of her ideas about human development. Current ideas in developmental psychology that we now hold true would be the idea of sensitive periods, which she credited to Hugo de Vires, one
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