How Students Benefit From Maria Montessori’s Teachings

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Parents have many questions when it comes to Montessori schools: What makes an educational reformer from early 20th-century Italy relevant here and now? Why have Maria Montessori’s teachings spread throughout the world and benefited so many students? To answer these questions, we need to ask a few others. Who was Maria Montessori? What were the foundations of her educational model and what benefits did these teachings provide at the time they were developed?

Who Was Maria Montessori?

Few people have had such an impact on primary and secondary childhood education as Maria Montessori. Perhaps this impact stems from the integrity of her teachings. Her work began with her own commitment to learning, she was the first woman in Italy to earn a degree as a doctor of medicine. Only after her medical career did she move on to her groundbreaking work in educational development and reform.

Maria Montessori’s enthusiasm for and commitment to learning was a foundational element of her philosophy. Her program centered around the idea that children are naturally eager to learn. By following these natural impulses, and fostering emergent academic and social skills, Montessori teachers guide children towards the same lifelong commitment to and enjoyment of learning Maria Montessori had herself.

What Are Montessori’s Main Teachings?

In keeping with her background as a medical doctor, Maria Montessori’s educational teachings centered around the psychological and physical development of children. She was able to correlate social and mental developments with the physical changes she noted during her teaching and observation.

Specifically, she charted the development of several universal human traits. These real-world observations of human development were the basis of understanding that informed her educational system. Through these observations,  Montessori classroom environments promote peace, dignity, empathy and lifelong curiosity in students.

How Does Montessori Education Benefit Students?

Montessori’s teachings benefit students in a number of ways. To begin, the system of learning they describe is based on direct observation during childhood development. This leads to the discovery of universal human traits as well as individual traits. Teachers nurture these traits to promote an understanding of peace through empathy and intellectual rigor. Students practice this peace inside and outside the classroom. In a Montessori system, they are always able to explore the diverse, multicultural world in which we live — even as research tools, cultures and environments change around them.

Academic leadership and lifelong curiosity are common characteristics of the graduates of Montessori programs. Benefits are also found outside the classroom. The practical, peace-focused teachings of Maria Montessori empower children to help others throughout their lives. The lessons look beyond individual excellence in college and careers, and towards creating a better world for everyone.

2 replies
  1. Darwin Montessori
    Darwin Montessori says:

    Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world – DR. MARIA MONTESSORI
    A Montessori classroom is a thoughtfully designed environment to offer children opportunities to develop their own capabilities. Each classroom is filled with developmentally appropriate activities that encourage children to interact with specific learning materials, as well as to work cooperatively with others.
    The combination of independent, partner, small-group, and whole-group lessons and activities introduces children to different learning relationships and interpersonal dynamics—valuable skills for their interactions outside the classroom.

  2. Rosie Beckett
    Rosie Beckett says:

    My daughter is going to be starting kindergarten next fall, and one thing that I have noticed ever since she was two is that she has a very strong sense of independence. She likes to discover things on her own and definitely learns at her own pace, so I am thinking about sending her to a Montessori school. Thank you for explaining that this method of teaching does much more than just explain math or science; it will also teach my daughter to be empathetic towards others by exploring different cultures.


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