The Eight Principles of a Montessori Education

1) Movement and Cognition: Movement and cognition are closely entwined, and movement can enhance thinking and learning

2) Choice: Learning and well-being are improved when people have a sense of control over their lives.

3) Interest: People learn better when they are interested in what they are learning.

4) Extrinsic Rewards are Avoided: Tying extrinsic rewards to an activity negatively impacts motivation to engage in that activity when the reward is withdrawn.

5) Learning From and With Peers: Collaborative arrangements can be very conducive to learning.

6) Learning in Context: Learning situated in meaningful contexts is often deeper and richer than learning in abstract contexts.

7) Respectful Teacher-Child Interaction: Particular forms of adult interaction are associated with more optimal outcomes.

8) Order in Environment and Mind: Order in the environment is beneficial to children.


Source: Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, by Angeline Lillard (Oxford University Press, 2005)

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