dice

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…

Mindset

The Growth Mindset Debate: Does It Work?

Many in the education field are familiar with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck’s notion of instilling in children a growth mindset, that is a belief that their intellectual abilities can be developed through effort and practice. Recently, some researchers have challenged her work claiming that further analysis indicates that growth mindset interventions are not particularly effective.…

Plan or Not

To Plan or Not to Plan Student Work Plans

A frequently asked question by Montessori elementary teachers at the beginning of the year is how to set up an effective expectation for student work performance and how to balance this structured plan with the spontaneity of student-chosen subjects.  Maybe this has come about because most adults (including Montessori guides), have acquired a conventional construct for…