The Montessori Method has been in existence for over 100 years. Although new theories come and go and often try to find their way into our thinking process, we believe that the Adult Learner who has been trained in the Montessori method will ultimately cultivate the following traits in his/her students:
Children develop independence by choosing their own work with little interference from the guide. Teachers support individual development and promote autonomy so the child can seek help and locate further resources that will allow them to continue the self-chosen task.
Faith and Conviction In One's Own Abilities
The child is able to understand his or her strengths and build on them. They have enough faith in their abilities to feel confident that their strengths outnumber their weaknesses. The child is capable and accepting of correction, following an observation, reflection, or discussion with a peer or guide.
The child develops a fundamental desire to continue working for the simple pleasure of doing so. This flow allows the child to draw on the confidence and empowerment he or she develops and help others achieve mastery of the concepts.
Autonomy breeds confidence and the ability for a child to effectively contribute to the general group and develop social competence and responsibility.
Adeptness in Self Regulation
The child should understand and accept the concept of "ground rules" and be able to apply them in his or her dealings with other children. A self regulated child should be able to function effectively even if the guide is not nearby.
In Montessori education, children learn by doing. True learning occurs by constructing meaning while being actively involved in the process. When a child owns the information he or she can apply the concepts in new situations. This is the cornerstone of creativity, and innovation.