Montessori Difference

The Montessori DifferenceMontessori Education

Mind, body, heart, soul. Teaching academic and social skills, as well as life skills, to last a lifetime is the foundation that our Montessori teacher training is based upon. Our Montessori trained teachers become specialists in the age group they work with. They become keen observers and adept facilitators, recognizing varying paces and learning styles, helping not doing, coaching not lecturing. Our Montessori trained teachers believe in unfolding a child, not molding or stuffing with data.

PCTE Montessori training is guided not by bureaucratic edict but by a philosophy of education that espouses respect for the person, nurturing surroundings and self-reliance. This includes purposeful and fulfilling activity that breaks down the artificial division of “work” and “play”.

History of Montessori Education

The Montessori method of education is known throughout the world. It is based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician who practiced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Maria Montessori’s first experience in education was as a doctor treating children with developmental disabilities. While observing these children and responding to their needs, she discovered some amazing abilities and qualities that no one had recognized. She was so successful with them that she was invited to work with poor children of normal intelligence in the slums of San Lorenzo in Rome. It was there that she began her scientific investigation and observation of children, which became the foundation of her educational philosophy. She observed that children possess an intrinsic desire to explore, discover and learn about their world.

She also saw that they learn best within a social environment which supports personal development. Her “new” method of education focused on the development of the whole child in all areas of life. Children who were enrolled in her schools began to achieve and thrive within this setting. Word of her work spread rapidly. Visitors from all over the world came to her schools, to verify with their own eyes the reports of these “remarkable children,” who were learning according to this philosophy. In response, Maria Montessori began a life of world travel dedicated to establishing schools and teacher-training centers using method bearing her name. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who founded the American Montessori Society in 1960, is credited with establishing Montessori education as an American phenomenon. Its emphasis includes parental involvement and a diversity of implementation strategies. Today in America there are both independent and public schools using Montessori method, under the direction of teachers especially trained for this task.