Montessori Learning

Written by Tara Peris
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Montessori learning has long been labeled an "alternative" approach to education. With increasing frequency, however, Montessori methods are entering the mainstream and producing impressive results. Although it is clear that many factors contribute to favorable outcomes, administrators attribute the bulk of this success to the scientific principles underlying the Montessori approach.

For decades, the term Montessori was associated with radical left-wing ideology. Montessori classrooms were viewed as the kind of thing that aging hippies would choose for their children, rather than as serious classrooms, and the image of the classroom setting was one of near chaos. These were the children who knew no order and ran around screaming, the children you would want to keep far away from your own.

New Perspectives on Montessori Learning

In recent years, attitudes toward Montessori schooling have shifted, and many of these misconceptions have fallen by the wayside. They have been replaced by real understanding of the program's core educational philosophy. The idea that children learn best when allowed to explore at their own pace has been borne out in decades of scientific research, and now seems much less radical.

In fact, the scientific basis of Montessori learning methods has helped to ease its transition into mainstream classrooms. Slowly, educators are beginning to appreciate the benefits of interactive learning, and are structuring their lesson plans accordingly. Although Montessori classrooms remain distinct in many respects, key classroom components may now be observed in traditional academic settings. Teachers wishing to obtain a Montessori certification to put these methods into practice may now do so through online courses, very convenient in our busy day and age.

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