Ideas On Education: Maria Montessori And John Dewey

942 Words 4 Pages
Two theorists whose idea seems to resonate most with me is Maria Montessori and John Dewey. Maria Montessori focused on the idea of fostering the development of the whole child, by providing an environment where the child’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs are met (Flinders & Thornton, 2013). She also mentioned how imperative it is for teachers to, observe how students interact with their environment and peers, determine what classroom activities resonates best with the class, and present techniques and activities that promotes independent learning (Miller, 2011). STEM educators will benefit from these ideas because it will increase student’s interest in STEM related topics, and encourage students to participate in classroom activities …show more content…
For instance, he believed that students should be active learners rather than just receiving information (Flinders & Thornton, 2013),” As a science student I can relate to this theory because I thrive in classes that requires me to be hands on with what I’m learning. For instance, in my anatomy class instead of using only text books and pictures to teach the class, we were also given a variety of hand on activities. We were assigned activities that required us to dissect animals and identify systems that we learned. John Dewey’s theory also relates to Maria Montessori ideas because they both believed that student’s environment should encourage them to be independent learners, therefore by giving them the opportunity to discover what activities and learning techniques works best for each individual, students will be encourage to create their own learning experience (Miller, 2011). For instance, growing up, I did not understand my learning habits until I started college because, throughout middle and high school most classes did not incorporate Montessori or Dewey’s ideas. However, when I started college I had a lot more freedom to learn what works best for me and started the habit of relying on other …show more content…
STEM covers a lot of topics that is essential to the world, such as health, the environment, technology and much more. Without STEM curriculum there would no longer be innovative ideas and technology, invented to make the world a better place. Therefore, we need more effective STEM educators who will help the future generation take STEM to a whole new level. By incorporating Burner, Montessori and Dewey’s ideas and techniques in the classroom, students will potentially develop into self-regulated learners, learn how to collaborate and learn from their peers, and contribute greatly to

Related Documents