Educational institution adapts online education – Manila Newsletter
The Maria Montessori Foundation in Alabang has moved forward with the 2020-2021 school year by adapting to what the Ministry of Education calls “online distance learning”. It enables live synchronous teaching, real-time responses and more interactive learning than other types of distance learning.
Despite the distance between teacher and student, the Maria Montessori Foundation believes that the Montessori principles of child development work equally well with distance education at home. It simply presents a new environment, which may even be advantageous because it is familiar to the child. The feeling of belonging is intrinsically present.
The house also allows a simulation of Practical Life in real life. Practical life is a targeted activity aimed at developing motor control and coordination while developing independence, concentration and a sense of responsibility. It covers two main areas of development: care for the self and care for the environment. Activities may include preparing meals, cleaning, gardening, maintaining clothes, etc. at home. Practical life as real as it is real can be, giving the child the opportunity to show his independence in real family situations. One of the best ways to build a child’s self-esteem.
Observing and guiding the students are the experienced teachers of the Maria Montessori Foundation. All have trained with the International Montessori Association, ensuring a holistic approach to helping children become truly capable and productive individuals. All of them have adapted to the use of devices, applications and technologies to make the learning experience as effective as ever.
Ms. Judith Pitero, Director of the Maria Montessori Foundation, said: “The universal characteristics of the child are unique, irreplaceable, respectable and admirable. Their natural desire to learn will overcome any limitations they are experiencing now, as the child will adapt and continue to be connected. Defend Montessori education so that children discover who they are.
The Montessori method promotes the self-motivated development of children and adolescents in all areas of development, cognitive, emotional, social and physical. Thus, creating independent learners who are capable and prepared for the real world.
Some may think that is too much to expect of a child, but maybe we just need to believe in the child. More so now, as we face a pandemic that is creating a new normal.
With the boundaries of healthcare defined, distance learning is the new normal for most educational institutions. And if the conditions remain, this will be the modality for the entire school year.
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