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Maria Montessori

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Maria Montessori was an Italian educator and physician who developed a method for teaching in which she concentrated on the development of intelligence and independence. This method came to be known as the Montessori method. I chose to write about Maria Montessori because I attended a school that had adapted the Montessori method for pre-school through fourth grade. After fourth grade, the staff worked together to transition the students to excel in a traditional classroom. This was to prepare the students for the structured high school classroom we would eventually experience. I personally enjoyed the Montessori approach. I feel it made me more self-sufficient, independent, and confident. I was also able to read before I reached first grade, unlike other students who had come from other schools. I think more schools should look into developing teaching styles similar to the Montessori method, especially at the younger ages. The central ideas of the Montessori method are to stress the freedom of self- expression, self-education, and sense training. She believed children learn best when they find things out for themselves. Hands-on activities are vital to the success of a Montessori student. The personality of the parents and teachers should never be imposed on the students. Montessori teaching styles also shy away from rewards, marks, and punishments. Discipline is usually free and self-imposed by the child. She developed her
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