Pre-Work

Welcome to the Montessori Fundamentals Seminar for School Leaders. During the next six sessions, you will explore Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. The goal is to provide you with foundational knowledge that will prepare you for the implementation of the program in the school and also facilitate your support of the teaching staff.

In preparation for our first meeting, please read chapter 1 of Dr. Angeline Lillard‘s seminal text, Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, as well as the one-page handout “What is Montessori?”. You will find PDFs of these readings below.

Some questions to consider:

  • Why is our traditional system of education no longer appropriate to the 21st century?
  • What aspects of traditional education are in conflict with what we know is good about constructivism? Why is it so hard to implement a constructivist approach?
  • What do you think of the shift from education being for the convenience of adults to the needs of children? Thinking about your own educational experience, how would a shift like this have made a difference to you?

A reminder that while this first chapter of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius is provided here the remainder of the book is required for the completion of this course and can be purchased here in any format you wish.

Please continue on to the next module for additional resources we will discuss in our first live session as well as a link to the Zoom.