Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work Test | Final 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. In "The Fundamental Problem & Prepared Environment," Standing discusses a daydream of Montessori's concerning her wish to teach adults about dealing with children. What did she wish she could do?

2. How does the Montessori method distinguish itself from other educational models?

3. In the Montessori classroom, what must be distributed evenly to foster the child?

4. What is one example of an unusual task a visitor may see a Montessori child engaged in?

5. According to Montessori, what are the two sins that will distort the true vision of a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can it be said that the Montessori method revels the true nature of children?

2. How did Montessori suggest one corrects deviations in learning and development?

3. In "The Fundamental Problem & Prepared Environment," what are the parts of a prepared environment?

4. According to Standing, what are the two classifications of practical life exercises?

5. According to Standing, what is an example of a limitation in material for a child?

6. According to Montessori, how can the struggle between the adult and the child end?

7. According to Standing, what is one mistake some may make in developing or overseeing a Montessori school?

8. What is the significance of the physical aspects of the Montessori classroom?

9. What are 3 of the 14 main rules for the teacher in relation to the environment?

10. What is the different between the teaching in a Froebel school compared to a teacher in a Montessori school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Provide an opinion on the effectiveness of the Montessori classroom. Do you think students attending a Montessori school are better off and if so in what ways? Use information and examples from the book to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Montessori was fortunate in her schooling. Based on the information presented in the book, what was the social and political climate like during Montessori's schooling? Why is it that, while she had opportunities, she still faced challenges?

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