Sunday, January 17, 2010

Excerpt from: Angeline Lillard. Montessori: The Science behind the Genius

Eight Principles of Montessori Education

The eight principles of Montessori Education discussed here are

(1) that movement and cognition are closely entwined, and movement can
enhance thinking and learning;

(2) that learning and well-being are improved when people have a sense
of control over their lives;

(3) that people learn better when they are interested in what they are

(4) that tying extrinsic rewards to an activity, like money for reading or
high grades for tests, negatively impacts motivation to engage in that
activity when the reward is withdrawn;

(5) that collaborative arrangements can be very conducive to learning;

(6) that learning situated in meaningful contexts is often deeper and richer
than learning in abstract contexts;

(7) that particular forms of adult interaction are associated with more optimal
child outcomes; and

(8) that order in the environment is beneficial to children.

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