Maria Montessori

The founder of the Montessori approach

    "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
  • About Maria

    Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy

    • Born in 1870 in Italy, Maria Montessori is considered an influential innovator of classroom practices for young children
    • She became one of the first female doctors in Italy in 1896 and was appointed as professor of anthropology eight years later
    • As part of her work, she visited children living in asylums, and believed that many of their problems were not medical-related, but of an educational nature
    • In 1936, she moved to the Netherlands, where she died in 1952
    • Famous Montessori students include Anne Frank, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

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