Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori embodied many of the qualities that her educational philosophy brings out in every child: independence, intellectual curiosity, self-motivation and a desire to contribute to her community.
A pioneer in every sense of the word, Dr. Maria Montessori was the very first woman to graduate from the University of Rome’s School of Medicine in 1896. She possessed a deeply observant mind and her interest in the development of children compelled her to eventually open her first school, the Children’s House or Casa dei Bambini, in 1907. During this time, she made revelatory observations on how children responded to their environment and the materials they manipulated, and on their intrinsic desire and ability to learn and develop their independence. Subsequently, these observations went on to form the foundation for Montessori’s educational philosophy and practice, which focused on fostering the child’s freedom and concentration, in a carefully prepared, child-centered environment.
Dr. Montessori gained widespread respect for what was – and still is – a revolutionary, evidence-based educational system that challenges traditional, teacher-centric educational models. Today, Montessori schools span the globe, passionately advocating and implementing a way of learning that respects the human child and consequently enables the child to reach his or her full potential.
Bannockburn School is proud to honour and implement the fundamental principles and practices espoused by Dr. Maria Montessori.