Through the Education Lens

Five-Minute Montessori

CJ Westerberg, May 5, 2013 9:58 AM


"Seeing the big picture
allows students to take ownership of their learning -
a critical element in fostering each child's natural learning desire."

- Trevor Eissler

A Parent-to-Parent Argument

Many of today's hot topics in education were addressed by iconic educator Maria Montessori nearly a century ago. 

The video below (5 1/2 min) - along with this Wikipedia link - provide a quick overview of this method of schooling (the video is an adjunct to a book promotion but still works). 

The marquee hot buttons covered:
  • hands-on learning;
  • standardization vs. innovation;
  • grades and homework;
  • age-mixing (especially in younger years);
  • incentives and motivation;
  • passion-based learning;
  • independence and self-discipline,
  • and responsibility.
Check it out and let us know what you think.  If you have experience with Montessori schooling as a parent or teacher, what is your impression as to its effectiveness and overall impact on learning?

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No One Tests You on Empathy - "they  (younger generation hires) often come to you with their little list because they want to know how they're going to be measured. . . ."

The Day I Abolished Grading by Joe Bower

Is Your Child Learning How to Learn?  by Shelley Wright

Other:   Waldorf: A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute

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