ECE101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
June 13, 2011
Thesis: Maria Montessori 's way of learning is very unique; her theory was for children learn in a natural and parent-supported environment.
I. Education of Montessori 1. First woman to receive a Medical Degree in Italy A. Studied psychiatry, education and anthropology. B. Worked, wrote and spoke for children with special needs 2. Many schools use the Montessori Method to teach today A. Principles of the Montessori Method B. Planes of Development
II. Learning Style 1. Independence A. Children work individually rather than in-group activities B. Children have more freedom and work at their own pace 2. Strong Parent Involvement A. Parents participate in their child 's activities home away from school B. Parent education programs
III. Schools Today 1. Teachers syllabus A. Independent projects for children and programs for parent involvement B. Children work on anything they want, at their own pace
Montessori 's teaching is different than traditional lessons because her lessons are more about parent involvement and individuality rather than group activity. This paper will show how Montessori inspires me and how my classroom would compare to hers. Maria Montessori is a very smart woman, in my opinion. By reading a time-line about her and learning more and more about her, I understand her learning style. "Maria Montessori believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a ‘blank slate’ waiting to be written upon." (Webmaster, 2011). Maria grew up during the time when a woman could either become a teacher or a nun. The look of the classrooms discouraged Maria; they were stringent and repressive. "As an elementary school student Montessori blossomed. She was average in intelligence, but good at exams, and she led her classmates in
References: Gedzelman, Cheryl Feuer. (2010). Promoting Independence—Using Montessori Techniques at Home. http://www.tutoringforsuccess.com/montessori.html Iriyi, Michelle. (2008). Montessori Teacher Training: Dealing with Special Needs Children in the Montessori Classroom. http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2008/04/dealing-with-special-needs-children-in.html Montessori Academy. (2011). Tennessee: Montessori Academt. http://montessoriacad.org/PlanesofDevelopment.php Maria Montessori Biography. (2011). Advamag, Inc. http://www.notablebiographies.com/Mo-Ni/Montessori-Maria.html Morrison, George S. (2009). Early Childhood Education Today. 11th Ed. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc. Montessori Live. (2008). Island Village Montessori. http://www.montessorilive.net/montessori/maria.htm Montessori. (2011). With permission of The International Montessori Index, www.montessori.edu Montessori Education. (2009). http://www.casamontessori.com/montessori.htm