The Association Montessori International/USA is pleased to premiere this new online resource tool for Montessori teachers. It has long been our intention to find innovative and unique ways to support our members in their daily work to meet the needs of children. This visionary project is now a reality as a result of an initiative undertaken by AMI/USA. You can find it at montessoriguide.org
ABOUT THE PROJECT…Montessori practicum is rarely included in the many professional development tools for teachers that have cropped up on the Internet in recent years. Montessori Guide is an online resource tool for Montessori practitioners to demonstrate what quality Montessori looks like and needs to take into consideration in order to be implemented. It explores topics that were chosen to assist daily practice.
Montessori theory is straightforward, deeply tied to neuroscience and the natural developmental path of the child. Montessori practice, on the other hand, can be complex. What is crystal clear however, is that if the mission is to capture authentic Montessori practice on film for professional development purposes, the focus must be on showing the work of children in their classroom environments.
We decided to seek the child who emerges under the conditions described by Dr. Montessori in her writings in order to illustrate the concepts to be explored. Since October 2012, the creative team has traveled coast-to-coast, capturing ordinary days in Montessori environments on video in an attempt to show a diversity of real classrooms with real situations. Filming took place in urban areas, rural areas, suburban areas; in the public and private sectors; in corporate childcare sites and home-based care settings. Slowly, through this process, as the video illustrations of the pedagogical topics were crafted, that universal child emerged.
Montessori Guide.org uses video illustrations and articles designed to explore Montessori from the practitioner’s perspective. Choose a topic page, see the main video, read articles, watch additional short films and start a dialogue with colleagues. Revisit Dr. Montessori’s writing and find out more about resources to support your practice.