Student-centered approaches for meaningful learning through projects and collaborative work.
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Students are voraciously curious. This photo demonstrates how Montessori materials encourage engaged learning through collaboration and curiosity.
In tune with the Montessori Method, which really does adapt well to remote learning, we need relevant project ideas that tap into students’ natural interests. Learning happens naturally when it’s relevant, tied to students’ interests and daily lives. I advocate for more immersive learning. Learn math by building something; learn math in the kitchen via recipes. Learn about writing by arguing for an idea a student feels strongly about rather than imposing prompts that don’t matter to them.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a Montessori educator inspired by the potential of students to be engaged and take the initiative for their own learning. Students are starved for meaningful learning opportunities, but adults are by default seen as the authorities/experts, negating how relevant student voices are in decision making. Our education model is archaic and out of touch with the needs of digital natives. This an opportunity to democratize our education model by centering student voices. It is the first step to making the changes necessary for revitalizing education as we know it.