I choose Maria Montessori’s theories on education because I believe that her ideas make the most sense when it involves children learning in the classroom and at home. Her theories of observation and hands on learning were given much recognition in the twentieth century. She was recognized as one of the pioneers of early childhood education. (Kramer, Rita Marie. 1988. Maria Montessori: A Biography. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley). Most schools today are still using several of Montessori’s theories and ideas on their younger students; especially kindergarteners. I want to be able to use many of Maria Montessori’s ideas in my kindergarten class because I believe they work. I believe it is a key element to observe small children during their play time, learning time, and when they are being interactive. Observing children gives a teacher a chance to see the child’s strong learning abilities and their weak ones. This also goes for the hands-on theory, most children learn much quicker when they are allowed to touch and play with objects and interact with toys and tools used in class rooms for learning. I also will be the type of teacher that does not discriminate between race, origin, religion, or disabilities, just like Maria Montessori. She did a lot of special work with the disabled children in her teachings and I plan to do the same. As did Montessori I will also make sure that the parents of my students are as involved with their child’s education as they possibly can be.
1). Kramer,Rita Marie.1988 Maria Montessori:A Biography.Reading,MA:Addison-Wesley.