As we think about ways to share Montessori education with parents, with state agencies, those who implement policy, and the policy makers, having a Quick-Read overview can lead to a more in depth conversation.
Feel free to use this in your Montessori Education Week events- library displays, School Fairs, media contacts (Press, TV, radio), or to send to your legislative Education Committee or Department of Education.
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Montessori Education is an innovative educational model with a 100 year history of success in schools around the world. The philosophy of respect and acceptance of each child and the observation that children are naturally curious and want to learn led to the concept of a “prepared environment.” It is the interaction between the child, the teacher, and this specially prepared classroom that is the foundation of the Montessori model. With the teacher as a “guide” or facilitator, and a classroom that provides “freedom with structure” students are able to actively engage and participate in “auto- education” that results in deeper learning.
- Researched-based with a curriculum and teaching strategies that result in positive student outcomes.
- Curriculum and teaching strategies are based on the “planes of development” and are developmentally appropriate for all students at every level.
- Proven to be successful for diverse populations of students and families, including those who are “at-risk,” those of every ethnic and cultural heritage, and English language learners, and special needs students.
- A “whole child” approach that addresses physical, cognitive, and social/emotional needs.
- A rigorous academic curriculum that meets, or exceeds, state standards at the early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels.
- Encourages positive peer interactions with a “peace curriculum” (conflict resolution skills) and lessons in “grace and courtesy” (social interaction skills.
- Develops core learning characteristics such as executive functioning, motivation, self-initiative, confidence, and independent thinking.
- Provides personalized, individualized instruction for each individual child.
- A strong family component which involves parents in their child’s education.
A High Quality Montessori classroom has
- Teachers with specialized education in the Montessori philosophy, child development, strategies, and implementation of the curriculum. Look for a credential from a teacher preparation program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) or AMI.
- Multi- age groupings of children based on developmental characteristics to foster social, emotional, and academic growth.
- A comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum that is integrated throughout the classroom.
- A specific set of evidenced based materials and activities to fully implement the curriculum
- Uninterrupted blocks of time when students engage in independent “work.”
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Copyright Christine Lowry,M.Ed. Montessori Now. 2015. All rights reserved.