Thursday, December 9, 2010

Montessori Kids

“Montessori kids are good at doing things,” states Dr. Steve Hughes, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Recently, I had the opportunity to view Dr. Hughes’ screencast describing Dr. Maria Montessori’s brain-based approach to education. Dr. Hugh’s screencast smartly illustrates the parallels between Montessori education and current research on brain development. Throughout his talk, he highlights the methods by which Montessori Education cultivates advanced cognitive functions, social cognition, and higher-order competencies. These particular aptitudes are often used to describe the essence of a successful 21st Century learner, collaborator, and leader.

Speaking of ‘good at doing things’, I would like to share one of my favorite Montessori success stories captured in this video clip from a Barbara Walter’s interview:

You can also view Dr. Hughes’ entire screencast at