Maria Montessori was a truly remarkable, brave and inspirational woman, a trailblazer many years ahead of her time. She became one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, an innovator of classroom practices and ideas that have had a profound influence on the education of young children across the world.
Montessori was the first woman in history to graduate from medical school at the University of Rome. She became interested in education whilst treating children with special needs and went on to establish schools for the disadvantaged children of working parents in Rome.
This is when her truly remarkable work began. She approached educating children as a scientist and used the classroom as her laboratory to observe children and find the very best way to help them reach their full potential.It was here that she developed what we call the Montessori Approach to teaching. The method that Montessori developed was extremely effective, interactive and successful.
It was applicable to all children and is visibly more engaging than traditional methods. Not content with creating and developing the remarkable methodology, Montessori bravely set out to travel the world establishing schools, lecturing about her discoveries and writing articles.
Astonishingly there are now 22,000 Montessori schools worldwide and many non-Montessori schools use elements of her methodology. Maria Montessori died in Holland in 1952 aged 82.
She was a true pioneer of child centered education, a brave, enlightened and dynamic woman who was years ahead of her time.
Have a look at the video below, prepared by the Montessori Centre International.