150 years after her birth, Maria Montessori still has a lot to teach us, at the start of an unprecedented school year.
Maria Montessori's teaching for the post-Covid school. There is a lot of discussion about numbers, masks and desks, but little about students, contents and methods. What can we learn from Maria Montessori?
150 years after her birth, Maria Montessori still has a lot to teach us, especially now that we are approaching the beginning of an unprecedented school year. After months of school closures due to the health emergency, there is much discussion about numbers, masks and desks, but little about content and methods. What can we learn from Maria Montessori?
Breaking the mold and embracing challenges
The first thing we can learn from Maria Montessori is courage in the face of the challenges that life presents to us. He was born in 1870 and attended a technical school and then graduated in Neuropsychiatry, a revolution for that time.
Today his example invites us not to be paralyzed by fear in the face of the situation of uncertainty generated by the pandemic, but rather to work to ensure that our boys and girls, boys and girls are not deprived of the right to learn. The post-Covid school will no longer be the same and this raises many questions, but the change must not be experienced only in terms of restrictions to be respected, but also as an opportunity for renewal.
Responsibility and autonomy: "The child is the teacher"
As the title of the biography written by Cristina De Stefano states, for Maria Montessori "the child is the teacher". Everyone has their own individual learning path and the school's challenge is to know how to accompany them on this journey of discovery, giving them the tools to develop their potential. Traditional teaching too often penalizes creativity, forgetting that everyone learns with their own ways and times, experimenting and playing.
The Coronavirus emergency, however, with the consequent closure of schools, has taught us to find alternative ways of teaching and digital has proved to be a fundamental help. Redooc has believed in it for years, with a platform where basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic are transformed into a great online game with scores, levels, rankings, diplomas and avatars according to the rules of gamification.
An opportunity to innovate teaching
The post-Covid school, therefore, must not restore the previous model as if nothing had happened, but treasure what these months have taught us.
The possibility of exploiting technology, as indicated by the recent Ministry Guidelines, makes it possible to engage and involve all students with innovative contents and means, paying attention to everyone's educational needs, enhancing the diversity and peculiarities of each one.