Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

E. M. Standing
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Montessori call the 1900s?

2. When comparing normalized children to those in a traditional classroom, how are these children often described?

3. What type of classrooms does Montessori prefer?

4. As Montessori's popularity grew, what did she realize about the reach of her teaching methods?

5. What profession did Montessori eventually decide to pursue?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Montessori suggest the the first nine volumes of Child Psychology have not been written?

2. What type of qualities was Montessori able to nourish in the children based on her teaching methods?

3. According to Montessori, why are the different types of metamorphosis important in education?

4. How did Montessori, initially misread children's apparent rebellion of authority?

5. According to Montessori, how is the cycle of work different between adults and children?

6. What did other professionals, including other teachers of Montessori's time, assume about Monetessori's work as a teacher?

7. According to Montessori, why are infants and children considered explorers and philosophers?

8. Why does Standing feel the Montessori system is a living system?

9. Based on the preface to this book, what is significant about the work Montessori did?

10. What type of offers did Montessori receive to travel to America and continue her work there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Montessori preferred to work with children and she even recognized the vast differences between children and adults. According to Standing, why does she then spend time lecturing intentionally? What is her aim at these lectures and do you think based on the reading in the book and the current popularity of this method that she was successful?

Essay Topic 2

Standing notes that some educators who open a Montessori school do not completely understand the true principles of the Montessori method and do not properly teach the method. Where does the confusion lie concerning these individuals? It is in the incorrect use of this method? What is or can be done to correct this problem?

Essay Topic 3

Movement is an important part of learning. Based on information from the book, how does the Montessori method address movement in the classroom and in learning to achieve maximum results in education? Additionally, how is this different than a traditional classroom? Provide specific examples.

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