Welcome to Montessori Introduction

Welcome, we’re so glad you’re here! The goal of this course is to introduce you to your new role as an assistant in a Montessori classroom. Before we begin, let’s take a few moments to get you oriented to the course. This course is divided into four parts and eleven modules, which you can complete anytime, from anywhere, at your own pace. At the end of each part, you’ll find some reading material to prepare you for the next one. In between parts, you’ll meet with your school-based facilitator to process what you’re learning and talk about how it applies in the context of your school.

You may have worked in other schools and other classrooms before, but Montessori classrooms are a bit different. Montessori teachers put a great deal of time, thought, and energy into how these spaces are set up. For this reason, the Montessori classroom is often referred to as the prepared environment. Please watch the short video below for a guided tour of Montessori primary and elementary environments with Allison Jones, filmed at Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC.

Why are Montessori environments set up this way? In order to answer that question, we need to dig in to Montessori theory and philosophy. You see, Montessori is not just a curriculum; it’s a theory of child development and an ideology of learning. Listen to Genevieve D’Cruz explain in the video below. A PDF of these slides is included below if you’d like to follow along.