Essay about Maria Montessori

1377 Words Mar 29th, 2013 6 Pages
Maria Montessori Maria Montessori was a famous doctor and teacher; she was the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome La Sapienza Medical School, and she was one of the first female physicians in Italy. Montessori worked with children for most of her life; teaching them, observing them, and taking care of them; her theory was: “Children teach themselves if only we will dedicate ourselves to the self-creating process of the child (Gordon and Brown 13-336).” She believed that if children did things step by step, they could do anything; she called this the sequential steps of learning (Gordon and Brown 13-336). According to Gordon and Brown, the Montessori concept is both a philosophy of child development and a …show more content…
I find Montessori to be an amazing teacher, doctor, and individual. I think it’s so admirable that Montessori devoted so much time to helping children with special needs learn. To teach the disabled children, Montessori taught with materials instead of teaching by reading and reciting. Montessori was a very hands on teacher and she presented her material in sequence, from the simplest to the most difficult. This method worked so well for these children, that she thought, “Why can’t normal children benefit from the same method?” So she opened up her own school program called Casa Di Bambini (or House of Children) and began to teach normal children there. This school was also very effective because Montessori’s methods were different, and opened up new light on the subject of education. Montessori developed curriculum materials and tasks that are related to real life. Montessori was a very observant person, and she was able to articulate what children needed just by using her observations. She came to the conclusion that a teacher’s (or sometimes referred to as directress) role in a classroom is to observe and facilitate learning, and only to intervene when absolutely necessary. She believed that learning is an individual experience. Montessori observed that the children were able to take toys off of the shelves and put them back

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