A New "Success Files" Segment with Rob Lowe Examines The Montessori Method of Learning

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An upcoming segment will feature Montessori teaching professionals.

Children are naturally inquisitive and eager to discover the world around them. In a recently filmed segment of “Success Files”, the program discusses a learning model based on that innate disposition to learn. The episode is hosted by Rob Lowe.

The Montessori Method of Learning isn’t new. Developed in 1907, the Montessori Method has been employed for over a century. In a low-income district of Rome, Italy, Maria Montessori opened the Casa dei Bambini, where she created the Montessori Method. The approach quickly spread. In 1909, Montessori published a book describing the method. She formed the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) to support schools, teachers, and other organizations in 1929.

While the approach enjoyed initial success, enthusiasm waned. The Montessori Method experienced a revival in 1960 under the guidance of Nancy McCormick Rambusch, who launched the American Montessori Society.

The Montessori Method of Learning utilizes a tried approach of viewing children as eager to learn, and capable of initiating that learning on their own. The Montessori approach consists of peer, mix-aged learning groups that work under the supervision of a teacher. The mix of environment, teacher, and student create a triangle of learning that takes advantage of what Montessori called sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity when children are most open to absorb and internalize certain materials.

“Success Files” is distributed to public television and PBS member stations in the U.S.

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