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Montessori Method Approach to Remote Learning

Student-centered approaches for meaningful learning through projects and collaborative work.

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 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. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I would like to see high-stakes testing phase out of the school system. Teachers are now forced to teach to the test rather than building classrooms that encourage innovation, joyful learning, and collaboration. High stakes testing deprives students of the opportunity to develop critical social skills necessary to be successful: how to engage in dialogue when there is disagreement, conflict resolution, learning from mistakes, creative problem solving for social issues.

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. 

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

Chicago, Illinois.

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Hi carmela lopriore 
Hoping you’ll fill out your profile with some more information. It helps us to better connect on the platform! :)

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