The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorise, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.Maria Montessori
What do you believe is the secret to good teaching?
Maria Montessori is the author of the quote and her teaching philosophy (or ‘scientific pedagogy’ as she referred to it) is based on cultivating a child’s natural love of learning.
It encourages children to be curious and ask questions, and lessons are hands on and practical.
The teacher doesn’t stand at the front of the room and teach while students listen passively. Instead they guide students to make their own creative choices to allow independent learning and individuality to flourish.
It’s a lovely analogy, don’t you think?