The philosopher who I have chosen to talk about in this essay is Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori’s method and theory has quite inspired me, any child would enjoy coming to school because it is a place for him or her to work in their own environment. The Montessori franchise is a global success story. Montessori schools provide a carefully prepared environment. It also provides opportunities for children to grow intellectually and emotionally.
Maria Montessori cared a lot about children and children’s education. One of her quotes that interested me into talking about her in this essay is “Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future”. The groundwork of Maria Montessori's method is respect for the child as a worthy individual, engaged with the tasks and emerging into a mature adult.
Maria Montessori, the name comes from the women who developed the theory and the method. She is Italy’s first physician female who ended up working with children through observations with children, developed this different method and philosophy idea of teaching. This is based on the fact that she believed and absorbed that children need to be active and using their hands when they are learning, it is more effective. That way they learn best when they are interested in the material and subject.
When Montessori graduated from the University in Rome 1896, she continued doing her research’s at that University Clinic. She also worked voluntarily as an assistant there, her work meant that she had to visit asylums in Rome where she witnessed children with mental disabilities. This was essential to her future educational work. Maria Montessori was influenced by ...
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...or a child’s natural psychological development. Although a range of practises exists under the name “Montessori”, the Association Montessori International (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential.
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