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Capturing ordinary days in Montessori environments. Care of the environment supports children’s ownership of their learning community.
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. We have decided to help fill that gap.
MontessoriGuide.org 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.
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. Our creative team 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, and suburban areas; in the public and private sectors; in corporate child care sites and home-based care settings. Slowly, through this process, as the video illustrations of the pedagogical topics were crafted, that universal child emerged.
We hope Montessori Guide will inspire. We are following a new level of inquiry into that vital intersection of theory and practice. Join us as MontessoriGuide.org begins delving deeper into our craft!