Montessori Classroom Methods

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You may have driven past one in your area, or heard the name when looking for a school for your child, and wondered, "What is Montessori?"  Take some time to read about what a Montessori school is and how it differs from most traditional schools.  You might find that it offers the type of education you wish to find for your child.

In 1907, the first woman to become a physician in Italy developed a revolutionary method of teaching children.  Dr. Maria Montessori developed the Montessori Method which today is used in thousands of schools all over the world.  Through her research in psychiatry and education and work with different types of children, Montessori concluded that children are capable of teaching themselves if given the proper environment.

The Montessori Method differs in many ways from the structure of mainstream schools.  Rather than a teacher whose role is to bestow knowledge upon the children, the teacher serves as the facilitator between the environment and the developing child.  The teacher helps the child maintain his concentration and the environment so that each pupil is able to explore and create.

The method operates under the assumption that children learn differently from adults and even differently from each other.  A sense of individuality is encouraged in the way that the children are allowed to learn.  A child is able to learn at his own pace and continue engaging in an activity for as long as he desires. 

Subject areas such as cooking, cleaning and gardening are just a few of the many practical areas that are studied at a Montessori school.   According to the International Montessori Index, a child is not interested in pretend cooking when he can do the real thing.   At any point during the day the traditional subjects, Math, Science, Language, History, Science, Music etc. are studied as well.  

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 The method aims to cultivate individuals who are well adjusted, have a strong sense of themselves, and a well developed character rather than children that are simply full of facts and figures.  Along with linguistic or logical-mathematical styles of learning, the Montessori Method recognizes that spatial, interpersonal and intuitive forms of learning are just a few modes that are just as essential.

The experience of learning and developing is paramount to the end goal of having a traditionally educated child.  Rather than passive activities such as listening to a lecture or just reading, Montessori students are taught to use all of their five senses in their learning environment.  A child is encouraged to appreciate the world around him and explore the unique potential and abilities that he alone possesses.

Montessori schools are primarily focused on younger children.  Different aged children are in the same classroom and are broken up into age ranges:  3-6, 6-12.  Children learn from each other and through individual lessons with the teacher as well as on their own.  The method supports the idea that at different developmental stages children are more equipped to learn different things.  The very youngest children are encouraged to develop their language skills and use their senses.  In contrast to middle-school aged children, who are taught to use their imagination, learn to make informed choices, develop sustained concentration. 

There are special teacher training programs for Montessori teachers as well as Montessori designed materials and even classroom furniture.  There are not tests or grades; the Montessori materials tend to be self-correcting.   Teachers observe children’s development in order to be cognizant of areas that the child may be struggling with.    

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Time Well Spent at the Science Table

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In the sprawling complex of high-tech labs, researchers diligently tamper with DNA. Others apply precise computer programs to reconfigure the tiny, complicated strands. New Basha High science teacher Sharon New is spending her summer here, at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, so she can bring back to her classroom some of the most rigorous course work available for high school students.

For six weeks this summer, the Chandler Unified instructor became the first public school teacher to intern with Professor Hao Yan, sitting where her students will this fall – behind desks, lab tables and computers. “This is about bringing the cutting-edge research back to my classroom,” New said. She has been learning about one of the fastest-growing scientific fields, nanotechnology, and how the microscopic particles can be applied to such fields as medicine.

New will offer her students a course called Introduction to Biotechnology, which the teens will be able to take for college credit through Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Biodesign Institute researchers offered New one of the first internships for educators this year. The institute’s high school student program has grown from 16 students last year to 24 this summer. “I’ve been working on DNA origami computer manipulations,” said Alex Brown, 17, who will be a senior at Central High School in Phoenix. “The two DNA strands come together like a zipper.”

The Biodesign Institute opened four years ago on ASU’s Tempe campus. The first two of four interconnected buildings, which will eventually have a total research space of 800,000 square feet, have been built. Professors strive to get students excited about science and help them develop the skills needed for science careers. “This place has equipment that my school does not have, so it has been great,” said Brown who wants to become a science researcher. continue reading

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