Return to: ETAP 623 Spring 2017 | Jessica Tomas | Jessica Tomas Mini-Course | What is Montessori Education and how does it impact student learning? | How can you implement Montessori Education in your classroom or your future classroom?
My name is Jessica Tomas and this will be the third class I take in the CDIT Program. I graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2014 with a BS in Childhood Education with a concentration in Spanish, and a minor in Psychology. Originally I am from Long Island, but I currently reside in Queens with my 2 year old Cockapoo named Jaxson. I am a Preschool Teacher in Manhattan and I absolutely love it! While I’m not home cuddling with my puppy (Jaxson will always be a puppy to me), or teaching, I enjoy cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Topic: Montessori Education
This mini-course will focus on Montessori Education. Preschool teachers spend a lot of time teaching their students many different skills associated with independence. Allowing Preschool students to try things by themselves, they are eventually able to complete once difficult tasks on their own. Montessori Education takes on a student-centered approach that gives students choice, and hands-on experiences. Montessori Education focuses on independence, with respect to a child's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. This mini-course will give students the research/theory behind Montessori Education, practices, and implementation.
Learners will be able to…
- Define Montessori Education.
- Modify a lesson to align with Montessori Education ideologies.
- Design a Montessori activity.
- Facilitate a Montessori activity.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the Montessori activity.
Montessori Education has been around for over a hundred years but “it still remains a progressive method in education” (Huerta, 2017). Each child is provided with an individualized education plan that requires teachers to differentiate for each individual student. In Public Schools students’ with disabilities that are outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are provided with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Montessori students are not assessed with tests or exams. Instead they are given hand-on experiences and opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of a skill. Unfortunately Public Schools have students take tests, which go against Montessori Education ideologies. In Public Schools, students are also taught test-taking strategies in order to take standardized exams. Although this problem will not be addressed in this mini-course, it is important to note that test-taking strategies can be taught using Montessori Education methods.
What is to be Learned:
Participants will be learning about the core components of Montessori Education. Participants will also be learning about different methods, and techniques that can be implemented in a classroom.
Analysis of the Learner and Context
In order to design this mini-course, a survey was sent to 25 prospective participants. Eight prospective participants responded. Responses’ indicated that 12% are Early Childhood Teachers, 22% are Elementary School Teachers, 33% are High School Teachers, and 33% responded other. Most of the prospective participants have been teaching between 1 and 5 years. Many of the prospective participants stated that they know very little about Montessori Education and that they would like to know more. Some prospective participants asked if Montessori Education could be implemented for all ages and grades, what are possible methods/ techniques to incorporate in classrooms, and how effective the program is. The survey can be found here. Responses after March 8th, 2017 will not be accepted.
Instruction will take place online, and in a classroom of the participants choice. Participants who are currently teaching can use their own classroom for their Montessori Education activity facilitation. Participants who do not have their own classroom can either contact a nearby school for facilitation or facilitate to family members. Participants will engage in readings, and videos. Each unit will scaffold learning so Participants are able to successfully design, and implement a Montessori activity. Formative, and summative assessments will be used to gauge participant learning throughout this mini-course. Participants will be using Google forms for short quizzes, and rubrics to assess the design, and facilitation of their Montessori activity. Participants will be using the rubrics to grade themselves based on their effort, delivery, activity’s alignment, and overall effectiveness.
Exploring the Instructional Problem/ Solution:
Despite the structured nature of Curriculum developed to align with Common Core Learning Standards, participants are still able to differentiate, and modify instruction to meet the needs of their students. Participants will research Montessori Education methods and techniques, and the benefits of implementing Montessori Education. By the end of this mini-course, participants will be able to define Montessori Education, modify a lesson to align with Montessori Education ideologies, design and facilitate a Montessori activity, and evaluate the effectiveness of their Montessori activity.
Goals of the Mini-Course:
The goals for this mini-course are for participants to develop a greater understanding of Montessori Education, and how to implement Montessori Education methods and techniques in a classroom.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify at least three benefits of Montessori Education.
- Discuss the benefits of integrating Montessori Education into their own classrooms.
- Evaluate and modify a lesson to align with Montessori Education ideologies.
- Design and facilitate an activity that is aligned with Montessori Education ideologies.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of their Montessori Education activity.
- Participants must have access to the Internet, and be familiar with navigating web browsers.
- Participants should have an educational background.
- Participants will define Montessori Education with a written response.
- Participants will evaluate and modify a lesson to align with Montessori Education ideologies.
- Participants will design their own Montessori activity.
- Participants will facilitate a Montessori activity.
- Participants will evaluate the effectiveness of their Montessori activity.
References and Resources
Huerta, M. (2015, December 17). The Montessori Method: Why Isn't It Adopted by the Public School System? Retrieved March 08, 2017, from http://www.kars4kids.org/blog/montessori-method-not-adopted-by-public-school-system/