Montessori Education

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  • Montessori Education

    1. 1. Scaling the Pink Tower : Montessori Education in the United States An Interdisciplinary Discussion in fulfillment of the B.S. in Liberal Studies by Jennifer Stoudenmier
    2. 2. Dr. Maria Montessori <ul><li>First female graduate of the University of Rome Medical School La Sapienza. </li></ul><ul><li>Began the first Casa dei Bambini in 1907 in a Roman housing project. </li></ul><ul><li>Spread her pedagogy to India, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Founded the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in </li></ul><ul><li>Left a legacy of a broad, field-tested constructivist curriculum developed throughout her lifetime. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Montessori Method
    4. 4. Principles of Montessori <ul><li>Self-directed learning </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of control within an environment </li></ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitivity periods </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in learning and self-discovery </li></ul>
    5. 5. Having Interest in Learning
    6. 6. How We Learn <ul><li>“ The Montessori Method is like education designed by a pediatric developmental neuropsychologist.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Steven J. Hughes, PhD, LP, ABPdN (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>The Montessori Method and how the brain learns. </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Montessori Classroom Video Link
    8. 8. Personal Observations
    9. 9. Supporting Research <ul><li>The Early Years: Evaluating Montessori Education by Nicole Else-Quest and Angeline Lillard, published in the journal Science vol. 313 pp.1893 – 94 (2006) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Research Data
    11. 11. Implications <ul><li>Avoidance of teacher-bias </li></ul><ul><li>Relation to gender-based performance differences </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivation of interest </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Future of Montessori in the U.S. <ul><li>Continuing growth since the 1960’s </li></ul><ul><li>Need for teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification training process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adjusting our educational culture </li></ul>
    13. 13. Conclusion <ul><li>Interdisciplinarity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biological, psychological and educational approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My Complex Problem </li></ul><ul><li>My future plans </li></ul>

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