Learning and Motivation – in relation to Montessori philosophy.

While researching the topic of “Learning and Motivation“…the more I read about it, the more I realize how much it’s in tune with the Montessori Philosophy.
  1. Theory: Learning can occur from everything and everyone in the environment.
    • Montessori: Learning is encouraged through a prepared environment and a Guide who follows the child.
  2. Theory: Necessity will more than likely help a person learn – very true for a child.
    • Montessori: This is where “I can do it” or being independent comes in.
  3. Theory: Mistakes will help a person learn.
    • Montessori: An environment which encourages problem solving instead of ridicule to correct mistakes.
  4. Theory: Learning is making an emotional connection and building on something that a person already knows which cements the knowledge.
    • Montessori: This is the underlying principle behind the scope and sequence of materials in the classroom where a child is given lessons on a concept, building upon what they have previously learnt, helping the child to succeed.
  5. Theory: Intrinsic motivation is key to creating life-long learners.
    • Montessori: Emphasizes internal motivation and the classroom is precisely prepared for individual instruction and self-paced learning. Teachers show students how to create order and discover principles by means of carefully demonstrated lessons that can then be practiced by the child at will. 

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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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