Working in an online environment, we often come across web sites or papers that are good resources for people in Montessori education. This page collects our findings into broad subject categories, which can be accessed using the turquoise buttons below. Each resource has a link and brief description to give a sense of what it contains. Click on the organizations logo to be taken to the page. We will continue to add more resources as we find them, so be sure and check back often. We hope you find these as useful and interesting as we do. To make sure you don’t miss any additions, sign up for our newsletter where we feature new additions to this page, or visit the ClassrooMechanics Facebook page where we feature Web Resource Wednesday with a new resource each week.
MontessoriPublic is a digital and print communications and advocacy platform that aims to bring Montessori into the public conversation. It presents news and information about Montessori public schools (district, charter, and magnet), other publicly supported Montessori programs, public policy affecting Montessori, and Montessori-relevant ideas and events in education.
The Mindful Schools web site provides information and resources for bringing mindfulness into the classroom. The organization was founded on the belief that mindfulness provides young people with a compass to navigate their lives. Mindful Schools is one of the key players in the movement to integrate mindfulness into the everyday learning environment of K-12 classrooms. The organization has trained over 25,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals who work with youth. These graduates, spanning 100+ countries, have reached over 1.5 million children worldwide.
Centre for Educational Neuroscience – Neuromyth or Neurofact – A site with a collection of short articles addressing educational psychology beliefs. Each belief is reviewed to see whether it is supported by recent research.
Edutopia.org – Edutopia is dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. They are focused on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.
An Ethical Island – This is the personal web site of a person who stumbled into teaching in a roundabout way. Part of her journey involved a lot of work with research about how to teach more effectively. In the course of her journey, she has summarized in infographic form a lot of the principles of effective instruction. Check out her site and the great information she shares. In particular, one infographic I like is about Intrinsic Motivation, a subject I mention a lot in my own work. It lists 27 ways to help students develop intrinsic motivation.
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. The basic concept involves a teacher providing a set amount of time for the students to work on their passion projects. Students are then challenged to explore something to do a project over that they want to learn about. They spend several weeks researching the topic before they start creating a product that will be shared with the class/school/world. A goal of every teach should be to create lifelong learners. Genius hour projects are a huge step towards that goal.
NAEYC Early Learning Technology Resources – Guidance on applying the principles of development and learning when considering if, how, and when to use technolgy and new media with young children. . The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
Teaching with Technology Report – As teachers increasingly integrate new technology and tools into their classroom practice, common benefits and challenges can be identified in the collective experience of educators throughout the country. This report, developed with Evergreen Education Group, draws insight from educators teaching in traditional public schools, charter public schools, alternative education programs, and private schools, as well as in-depth interviews with teachers and administrators across the country, and school and classroom observations by its authors.
Future of Skills Report – Education company Pearson teamed up with researchers from Nesta and the Oxford Martin School to create this report that moves the conversation about the future of work past automation. Their forward-looking methodology combines the best of human expertise with the power of machine learning to make more nuanced predictions about the future of work and skills. The Introductory Video gives a nice overview of the project. There is also a PDF of the Trends Report for the United States.