The Philosophy Of Montessori And Friedrich Froebel Essay

735 Words Oct 7th, 2016 3 Pages
From the moment you enter my classroom it’s apparent how the environment centers on the students. From the furniture, to the interactive bulletin boards, the students’ surroundings support learning. Two educational philosophies I model my beliefs and teachings from are: progressivism and constructivism; both student- based theories. The philosophers and educational models that influence my philosophy are: Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Jean Piaget, and Friedrich Frobel. Portions of each philosophy are integrated in my own philosophy, yet not one philosophy is followed completely. Progressive theorists, Maria Montessori and Friedrich Froebel as well as John Dewey placed value on hands-on experiences in the classroom.
Progressivism is an educational theory the emphasis that ideas should be tested by experimentation and that learning is rooted in questions developed by learners. (Johnson et al. p. 111). Maria Montessori (19870-1952) was an educational philosopher who is well known for her contributions such as child-sized furniture and specially designed learning materials. Today, you can visit Montessori schools and witness her theories first-hand. The student guides himself or herself through the activity while a teacher monitors their learning through modeling and observations. My students play in a risk-free environment where they are able to be themselves. The classroom design welcomes children to explore in centers such as science, sensory play, and writing. There are a…

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