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.
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. The Center offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment. We believe that with the right resources and support, educational stakeholders can better collaborate and serve students and families.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
Every brain needs a break! MindUP™ was created with educators, for educators, to help them improve student engagement in learning, academics and focus, and to give them some tools and strategies to bring joy back into the classroom. Teachers need tools to help not only their students, but themselves, and MindUP™ gives them a break from the stresses of daily life, leaving more time for teaching and less time managing classroom behavior.
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.
Maker Ed is a national non-profit organization that provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education. They work to make it possible for every educator in America—particularly those in underserved communities—to facilitate interactive, student-driven, and open-ended learning experiences for youth.
At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), the highest priority is to help teachers prepare students for successful lives. They accomplish this by showing teachers how to use Project Based Learning in all grade levels and subject areas. BIE creates, gathers, and shares high-quality PBL instructional practices and products and provides highly effective services to teachers, schools, and districts. For teachers, BIE offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate students. For schools, BIE helps bring coherence to PBL practices across grade levels and subject areas, and supports the creation of school-wide processes and structures to support PBL. For districts, BIE offers unrivaled service and expertise in creating and sustaining district-wide PBL initiatives.
The publication How People Learn reviews a lot of recent research in the science of learning and discusses its implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. Published by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. On the right side of this site, note the free PDF download of this title. You do not need to purchase the book to get your hands on this information. The PDF can be downloaded for free.
The Smithsonian Science Education Center’s mission is to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for preK-8 students. They are dedicated to the establishment of effective science programs for all students. To contribute to that goal, the SSEC builds awareness for P-12 science education reform among state and district leaders, conducts programs that support the professional growth of P-12 teachers and school leaders, and engages in research and curriculum development (including their comprehensive K-8, research-based science curriculum program: Science and Technology ConceptsTM (STC Elementary and Middle School)—all to help transform the teaching and learning of science in the United States and throughout the world.
Wonderopolis® is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Wonderopolis® was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites on the web. The excitement of learning that comes from curiosity and wonder is undeniable, and Wonderopolis® helps create learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs. From the very beginning, Wonderopolis® has been lauded for our fresh approach to wonder and learning. Don’t miss their additional site aimed at educators: http://wg.wonderopolis.org/ .
The Right Question Institute aims to teach a strategy that allows anyone, no matter their educational, income or literacy level, to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions that affect them. The skill of question asking is not always explicitly taught in school. We have worked with and learned from educators to develop a teaching strategy that provides a simple, yet powerful way to get students asking their own questions and building off their peers’ questions. In field after field, in community after community, RQI’s educational strategy has been tested and proven particularly effective for engaging and building question asking skills. As we all know, one of the keys to effective learning is asking the right questions. Be sure and visit the educator section for access to downloadable resources.
edWeb.net is a free professional learning network that hosts online communities and engaging edWebinars for educators – anytime, anywhere. edWeb’s community includes 500,000 teachers, librarians, and administrators who are passionate and generous in sharing the most innovative and effective ideas for improving each other’s own practice, and more importantly, student learning and preparation for life. edWeb.net is free for educators and hosts 300 programs a year on the wide range of educational topics. In addition, edWeb provides a free professional social network that any educator or educational institution can use to create a personal learning network to collaborate, share ideas, and move forward faster with new ideas and initiatives.
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.
The purpose of kids-in-mind.com is to provide parents and other adults with objective and complete information about movie content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids. To accomplish this they provide detailed information about a film’s content (caution, spoiler alerts), but they make no judgments about what is good or bad and do not “condemn,” “critique” or “criticize” movies. They don’t “praise” or “recommend” movies either nor do they advance any “beliefs”. They are not affiliated with any political party, any cultural or religious group, or any ideology. The only thing they advocate is responsible, engaged parenting.