In the early 1900’s, Maria Montessori presented her innovative approach to education which would later become an inspiration in the reshaping of learning environments.
At the time, education was very much a passive experience where learners were expected to sit for hours, had no say on their learning experience, and were doing repetitive tasks without the expectation of developing a relationship with their teacher. Teachers were authoritarians and students feared them. The Montessori approach greatly helped breaking the mold of education as it was then known. The approach promoted, amongst other things, personal development, preparation for life, interaction, creation of projects, and a quality relationship between teachers and students.
21st Century Learning philosophy is, in so many ways, a modern version of this philosophy. Sharing lots of the same core values, it also incorporates certain considerations particular of our new millennium such as technology literacy, collaboration, globalization awareness, and leadership skill development. Furthermore, it supports a “balanced-approach” by promoting tons of choices for students while still developing a strong base in multiple forms of literacy (languages and mathematics).
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