Essay on Movement in the Montessori Classroom
Maria Montessori foresaw many developments in the study of movement and how it pertains to children and their education. It is necessary to consider how and why movement was such an integral part of her philosophy and how evidence from modern day research confirms the importance of movement in education. Both Montessori and educational specialists draw a link between movement and brain development (Hannaford 1995). This paper will examine how other educational theories have embraced a similar approach and focus on movement to develop intellectual thinking.
Maria Montessori and contemporary researchers shared a similar concern about society’s disconnect with the way we view education and its disregard for the …show more content…
It is very important to recognize how Montessori thought the child should be educated. By looking at her link between movement and the development of a child`s personality we see how her teaching philosophy aimed at developing the whole child and that movement is at the centre of this development (1962:230). She saw movement as the avenue for human beings to express their true character and said ‘it is only by movement that the personality can express itself’ (1984:141). Montessori felt that in order for this expression of self to occur one must come into contact with their environment and the people in it to learn about oneself. Through movement we develop this