In Montessori schools we offer opportunities for students to develop life long learner skills in the following ways:
- Respect for all
- Choice in activity and work selections to develop interests and passions
- Opportunities to share and listen and ask questions
- Creating classrooms with a balance of challenge and caring
- Classrooms where mistakes are opportunities for learning
- Teachers who are guides and role models
- Multi-aged groups where students find their place naturally
- Uninterrupted blocks of work time
- Opportunities to collaborate with other students
- Reliance on intrinsic rather than extrinsic motivators
- Encouragement for efforts and multiple attempts on the path to success
- Partnership with parents and understanding of the importance of family time
- A sense of humor
In the Mind/Shift article about teaching strategies it states that when educators make space for play, and passion, students develop purpose.
Watch Tony Wagner's TED talk for more on helping students become life long learners!