Breaking down Montessori

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is able to say ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.'” – Maria Montessori

I chose this quote because this is what I want for my future classroom and my students. As a teacher I don’t want my students to just memorize the material I introduce to them, but to understand it and know how to use it. This quote represents growth and individuality which makes complete sense for someone like Maria to say this line. Maria believed in hands on learning and she would give her students activities to help them expand their knowledge. This shows that with Maria’s teaching method, students were able to know the   information, use the information, and completely understand why and how the information is used. With this, students are able to take their knowledge and use it on more complex questions.. and they will be able to do it on their own.

As a future math teacher, I believe that students should not just memorize information. I want to introduce Maria’s teaching method by creating activities for the kids to do. It adds fun to the classroom and at the same time students are communicating with one another and sharing their knowledge. They are able to look at a math question and see multiple ways of doing it and they are able to pick what method works best for them. I think it is great when students can learn from each other and work like the teacher is not there. This means the teacher did their job and the students understand it so well they can do the work themselves.


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