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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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Hi carmela lopriore 
Thanks for signing up and posting your idea!!

I totally agree that education needs a paramount shift from traditional learning to a more immersive, collaborative one. I'm curious to learn more about how the Montessori Method can be adapted to today's situation - facilitated by an educator (remotely) and parent/caregiver. Reading your idea also made me realise the scope of Design Thinking in education. May be you could look at how the principles of Design Thinking can be integrated with the Montessori Method for remote learning. Here's some reference material for you:

https://www.slideshare.net/AprilBell1/a-framework-that-works-design-thinking-montessori-principles-to-elevate-your-practice

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Good luck! :)

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Hi Sarah Nethan !
Thanks so much for reading my post! I have a lot of ideas on Montessori and Design Thinking. In fact, I was using a Design Thinking methodology the entire time I was working as a Montessori teacher- though I obviously didn't have experience in product design at the time. I really think we need to start with our students first, as we do with users in user research. I argue for Student Centered Design, as we need to problem-solve with our students in mind, considering there isn't going to be any one approach that will work for students across developmental stages. Because students and their needs are complex, the approach to problem-solving this remote learning challenge is also going to be complex. But I DO think using Design Thinking methodology can glean many valuable insights that can lead to innovative solutions that are student-centered. Honestly, the current model of education is too top-down and student voices are the last to be integrated in essential decision-making around their learning. It's why students feel so disengaged. The UX of education, therefore, is wrought with many issues. BUT we can start with steps to make some critical improvements, first one being to understand our student needs as we would do in product design. I will put together a deck that will articulate how more specifically Design Thinking works well with Montessori Method, because they are definitely interrelated!

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Hi carmela lopriore 
So good to see you all inspired and rolling!
Love the direction you're thinking towards - Student Centered Design. Another approach could be to see how the process of Design Thinking could be used as a means for the child's learning. It essentially means ''learning by doing - for eg. how would a DT+MM module for learning maths look like?

Eagerly waiting to see your slide deck. Good luck :)