monteThe importance of education cannot be overly emphasized. Education affects future career, social, and economic success. There are different educational styles that are popular all over the world. The Montessori Method of education is not common in the US, but is popular Europe.

The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori after she observed how children interact with the world as they develop. This style of education is centered on the needs of the child. The classroom and all the learning materials is designed to be the appropriate size and learning level of the children. Each classroom has a range of ages, for example ages 3-5 year olds. The children learn through playing with learning activities that are called “work.” There are no strict time schedules, but children can work at their own pace. Almost all of the learning activities incorporate sensory materials with the regular curriculum, for example children can learn their numbers with textured (felt, sandpaper, fur, etc) cut out numbers. The Montessori Method approaches education differently and some of their beliefs also align with aspects of IMT.

In IMT, there are two groups of people: Type A and Type C people. Type A characteristics include planning, being accountable, being observant, being aware of others and learning from them, less stress, more freedom, and less rules. In the Montessori Method, the children are taught through sensory-motor activities so they can be more cognizant of their surroundings. The children also work with classmates of a range of ages so they learn from each other. There are no strict time frames and independence and freedom are nurtured. The children are taught to be passionate about learning and think learning is playing. Responsibility is emphasized through many activities like cleaning up after themselves. For example, my mother is a Montessori teacher and her three year old students use real plates and silverware for meals. The toddler students learn how to clean the dishes and their surroundings after they are done with any activity. Most importantly, in this method of instruction, each student is seen as an individual and this fosters a sense of accountability and creates an environment where making mistakes is seen as part of the learning process and self-correction is a core value. IMT and the Montessori education style have common principles.

 

Sources

http://amshq.org/Montessori-Education/Introduction-to-Montessori/Benefits-of-Montessori

http://amshq.org/Montessori-Education/Introduction-to-Montessori/Montessori-Classrooms

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