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Five-Minute Montessori

CJ Westerberg, February 12, 2017 9:58 AM

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"Seeing the big picture
allows students to take ownership of their learning -
a critical element in fostering each child's natural learning desire."

- Trevor Eissler

A Parent-to-Parent Argument
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Many of today's hot topics in education were addressed by iconic educator Maria Montessori nearly a century ago. 

The video below (5 1/2 min) - along with this Wikipedia link - provide a quick overview of this method of schooling (the video is an adjunct to a book promotion but still works). 

The marquee hot buttons covered:
 
  • hands-on learning;
  • standardization vs. innovation;
  • grades and homework;
  • age-mixing (especially in younger years);
  • incentives and motivation;
  • passion-based learning;
  • independence and self-discipline,
  • and responsibility.
Check it out and let us know what you think.  If you have experience with Montessori schooling as a parent or teacher, what is your impression as to its effectiveness and overall impact on learning?

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  • This method of Montessory is quite effective. My younger son used to visit these classes and his curiousity was being satisfied, he used to learn more things and develop different skills. I like this and recommend to all moms and kids

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