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carmela commented on Montessori Method Approach to Remote Learning

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!