Key Concepts of Montessori Education
Montessori education is committed to promoting quality education for all children from birth to 18 years based on several key concepts.
- Its purpose is to foster autonomous, competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem-solvers.
- Learning occurs in an inquisitive, cooperative atmosphere. Students increase their own knowledge through self and guide initiated experiences.
- Learning takes place through the senses. Students learn through manipulating materials and interacting with others. These meaningful experiences are precursors to the abstract understanding of ideas.
- The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.
- Respect for oneself, others, the environment, and life is necessary to develop a caring attitude towards all people and the planet.
Guides are educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate to the age level they are teaching, and have the ability and dedication to put the key concepts into practice. The Montessori guide is educated in the following areas:
- Human growth and development
- Observational skills in order to match students developmental needs with materials an activities. Observational skills allow the guide to lead students in creating individual plans of learning.
- An open-ended array of suggested learning materials and activities which empowers guides to design their own developmentally responsive, and culturally relevant learning environment.
- Teaching strategies that support and facilitate the unique and total growth of each individual.
- Classroom leadership skills that foster a nurturing environment, which is physically and psychologically supportive of learning.
Students at BGMS are being prepared for life, not merely for another level of schooling. Therefore, it is no wonder that when the time comes for students to transition to other schools, they have the academic and social skills which allow them to be successful. When our students move on to other schools, both traditional and non-traditional, public and private, they all consistently attest to the unique qualities that our graduates possess; self confidence in new situations, respect for the work and individuality of others, love of learning, and self discipline. Upon graduation, these values not only serve them in higher education, but throughout life, as well.