C is for Contrasts Cement

C is for Contrasts Cement Connections

Have you ever noticed that when you’re quizzed by someone, formally or even within a conversation, that when you’re asked to recall something specific, it’s far easier if you’re prompted with options to choose from?  It may be easier because of the phenomenon of contrasting cases.     “Contrasting cases” is a term that defines…

The ABCs of Learning

Introducing The ABCs of Learning: Montessori Edition

  Rock your New Year Resolutions to improve your Montessori practice by going back to the ABCs! The ABCs of Learning, that is!   The newest evidence regarding research based learning strategies demonstrate what many in the Montessori community already know: the Montessori Method is a highly effective way to teach children.  What is overwhelming,…

A is for Analogy

A is for Analogy-Assisted “Aha”

Aha!   Now this makes sense!   Research into the use of analogy, metaphor, and allegorical stories and their effect on the brain reveal the same agency at work during learning: when learners activate their prior knowledge through the mechanism of analogies, they extract knowledge like a past experience, enabling them to solve current or…

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Something Comes Before the Number Rods?

If you spend any time whatsoever on social media, and you happen to be in the online world of Montessori, you might be faced with the kinds of questions like I field from parents, newly trained guides, and homeschoolers.   “I’ve introduced all the number rods and numerals, why isn’t my student remembering them?” “If…

math hack

An Effective Montessori Math Hack

Part of being a Montessori guide is a commitment to reflecting and adapting our practices to best serve our students.  In today’s parlance this could be considered a “hack”.  As my students these days are adult learners, I tend to focus my reflections on how to better help them transfer Montessori pedagogy into their spirit…

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A Case for Rolling the Dice: The Mathematical Mind

Montessori preschool environments are renowned for introducing big abstract ideas, such as the decimal system, to young learners through precise, beautiful, instructional materials.   In particular, the Montessori math materials, produce more “aha” moments in learners of all ages than any other curricular area.  For example, just this last summer, I was witness to a…