Montessori Education is a pedagogical approach worldwide recognised. Dr Maria Montessori developed during the first half of the twentieth century an educational method based on the scientific observation of the child: its various stages of development throughout life, its potentialities, its interests and its capabilities.
Current scientific research keeps on validating this educational method every day as a set of elements that help children in their holistic development of mind, body and emotions.
The Montessori Method can be implemented as a whole or gradually introduced into traditional education environments, thus enriching daily educational practice.
Any environment involving children is likely to be improved with this vision and practice of education.
International Montessori Institute (IMI) teaches the principles and pedagogical practice of Montessori education and current scientific evidence, to contribute with a concrete approach for professional training to improve the quality of education in schools.
TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT MONTESSORI EDUCATION
From our training centre, we offer all the tools so that teachers can successfully implement Montessori Education in the classroom.
- The impact of the movement on learning: The significant movement is a learning aid and improves the ability to retain concepts; The use of the hands is a magnificent channel of information input to the brain.
- Choice and perceived control: Any learning is deeper and easier when people choose what we want to learn and can monitor that learning.
- Prizes and extrinsic motivation interfere with learning: It is the intrinsic motivation of the person that is positive and we must encourage.
- Learning from classmates facilitates understanding: Peer dialogue is a very powerful key for both parties, both for the learner and for the teacher.
- Meaningful learning contexts: Any academic subject is likely to be treated in a meaningful way and this improves the intensity of what has been learned.
- Education should above all encourage the development of our executive functions: (Plan, decide, imagine, self-correct, have self-awareness or choose strategies among others); This is only possible with the actual practise of these skills.
- The order in the environment (physical, temporary, etc …) helps to build an orderly brain.
Many other elements that make up Montessori education, such as the importance of the physical order to build a mental order, or the importance of eliminating stress, among others, have been validated as essential for a healthy and balanced development.