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Run time: 17 minutes
Audience: Grades 6 - Adult
Italian physician Maria Montessori developed the Montessori method in the early 1900s while observing that children learn best when engaged in purposeful activity. Dr. Montessori inspired a movement that enabled children to teach themselves through sensory-rich, hands-on materials, nurture and love. Montessori’s philosophy and practices have since been spread and influenced the educational landscape.
Discover the ways in which Montessori classrooms differ from the traditional school setting in this enlightening documentary. Observe different levels of Montessori, including infants, toddlers, early childhood, and elementary, and how each utilizes the Montessori method. Find out:
• Characteristics of a Montessori classroom
• How children teach themselves
• What is most appealing about Montessori?
• What are sensitive periods?
• The role of the teacher in Montessori
• How conflict is handled