Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator, a noted humanitarian and devout Catholic best known for the philosophy of education which bears her name. She is the founder of the Montessori method of education.
Born: August 31, 1870, Chiaravalle
Died: May 6, 1952, Noordwijk
The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.
Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
A child is mysterious and powerful; And contains within himself the secret of human nature.
The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.
The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.
Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.
Follow the child, but follow the child as his leader.
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