A New School Year Begins
We invite you to take a look at our new Assistants to Infancy section, designed to introduce and explore the earliest years of a child’s life.
Thank You to AMI-Elementary Alumni Association
We would like to extend a warm thank you to the board members and attendees of the AMI-Elementary Alumni Association (EAA) for hosting a very productive feedback session at the 2015 EAA Summer Conference. We are listening to your suggestions, learning about topics that interest you and identifying the subjects you feel require further support. Your feedback is invaluable as AMI/USA continues to build out this resource dedicated to quality Montessori implementation.
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!