Dr Montessori was born August 31st , 1870, Italy . As an only child she was given the best educational opportunities her parents could provide and excelled academically. Initially attracted to the field of Engineering, she switched to Medicine becoming the first woman in Italy to gain her physicians licence.
She began working in the psychiatric ward of the hospital with children with behavioural and learning difficulties. She began to develop methods, materials and research into the way children learn.
In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school, “The Casa de Bambini”. Maria Montessori gained recognition from all over the world. She continued to lecture and train teachers throughout the war, even when she was running for her life.
Over the past century Dr Montessori’s ideas have had a profound and growing influence on education around the world.
The trend in education tends to be moving towards the Montessori method where students are empowered to be more responsible for their own learning, critical thinking and problem solving.
Montessori vs Traditional
Montessori developed an educational philosophy based on scientific observation over 100 years ago, which provides an optimum environment for children’s developmental needs, including educational, physical, emotional, social and spiritual. The following document provides a snapshot of the major differences between Montessori education and traditional education:
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Take a couple of minutes to watch this interesting animated presentation from TED Talks: