" The aim of Montessori Education is to foster autonomous,
competent, responsible, adaptive citizens
who are life long-learners and problem-solvers.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method is an educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900′s through extensive trial and error experiments with her own students and patients. Maria Montessori cultivated a home like environment for her students and patients because she discovered they learned best when they felt safe and comfortable. Not only did Maria expect her students to learn academics but also to develop appropriate life skills for them to function in society. By forming these skills, students were also enabled to build their self-esteem as they learned to teach themselves. These advancements in education have a significant impact on Montessori classrooms today.
Specific Montessori goals include the development of positive attitude, self-confidence, concentration, curiosity, initiative, persistence, security and sense of order. Students acquire a high sense of intrinsic motivation, the most effective form of motivation, and push themselves to learn because they want to. Each child’s unique growth rate and learning differences are praised, encouraged, and celebrated in an environment that provides stability and consistency as each student works to their fullest extent.
The Montessori Method is unique in its ability to embrace the whole child and it’s needs, the prepared environment, purposeful materials, and the role of the teacher. Because the student virtually acts as their own teacher and motivator, the official classroom teacher has a significant role as facilitator of learning experiences and role model as they demonstrate the respect and responsibility necessary to function in the real world. They are also expected to be keen observers of each student and their work in the classroom
Maria Montessori traveled an d lived in India during the World War II and she was very impressed by the Mother- child relationships and extended family support in Indian Society. She trained educators and supported the development of Montessori schools in many regions starting in India.