Thursday, January 15, 2009

Interactive, Hands-On Learning Comes to MIT!

After years of fielding questions from parents anxious to know if Montessori's interactive, hands-on approach to learning would be compatible with their children's later entrance into higher education and jobs, I was thrilled to see this article on MIT's new teaching style!

In "At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard" by Sara Rimer, there is a detailed discussion of educational styles and the results thereof. Definitely worth reading the whole article on the New York Times online here.

And here is an interesting discussion blurb from the article

But now, with physicists across the country pushing for universities to do a better job of teaching science, M.I.T. has made a striking change.

The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning. Last fall, after years of experimentation and debate and resistance from students, who initially petitioned against it, the department made the change permanent. Already, attendance is up and the failure rate has dropped by more than 50 percent.

Do you want to help your child learn math and science at an early age? Take a peek here at our Montessori curriculum guides for parents to use at home!

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