In honor of Montessori Education Week (the last week in February), I’m featuring a little-known but very important quote from Maria Montessori. Montessori Education Week promotes respect for children and awareness of the Montessori method.
Sometimes both parents and educators think of the Montessori method as more structured than Maria Montessori probably intended. I think it’s important to remember this quote from Maria Montessori Her Life and Work by E.M. Standing (p. 307): “I give very few lessons on how to give lessons, lest my suggestions – becoming stereotyped and parodied – should turn into obstacles instead of help. The directress is dealing with different personalities; and it therefore becomes more a question of how she should orient herself in what is for her a new world, rather than of any rigid or absolute rules.” Maria Montessori
While there are general rules for giving lessons, we need to remember that Dr. Montessori placed observation and following the child first and foremost.
Note: Thank you to The Male Montessorian Facebook Page for first finding and sharing that quote for the Montessori community.
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“I Give Very Few Lessons on How to Give Lessons” Montessori Word Art Freebie
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