Trillium Montessori Talks

Trillium Montessori Team

Welcome to Trillium Montessori Talks, the podcast where we dig into the theory and application of Montessori methodology in the classroom and beyond. Join host Letty Rising for candid conversations about the challenges us Montessori teachers face and how we can enhance the classroom experience for our students and ourselves. Ready to optimize your Montessori practice? Head to https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast to learn more. read less
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049: Executive Functioning Skills in the Montessori Elementary Classroom
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049: Executive Functioning Skills in the Montessori Elementary Classroom
The elementary age is the time when children are really developing their executive functioning skills. A highly teacher-directed environment doesn’t really give students the space and grace to explore and develop these skills. A Montessori environment, on the other hand, is built for such exploration.In today’s episode, we’re talking about the various executive functioning skills that children need to develop, how the Montessori classroom encourages students to learn at their own pace, and ways that teachers can support their students in developing these skills.What’s in this episode:[01:12] What executive functioning is, and how the Montessori environment supports the development of independence and give students the space to practice a variety of skills[04:47] How Montessori students are encouraged to learn planning skills, including collaboration, and how an emphasis on flexible thinking helps children learn how to be adaptable[08:17] How choosing their own activities and setting their pace helps students learn how to manage their time effectively[10:21] How teachers can create a supportive and nurturing environment for students to feel comfortable and confident developing their executive functioning skills, and why the Montessori environment is conducive to this learningFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:N/AConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
048: Beyond Early Childhood and Materials: Montessori Across the Planes of Development with Luz Casquejo Johnston
Nov 14 2023
048: Beyond Early Childhood and Materials: Montessori Across the Planes of Development with Luz Casquejo Johnston
Maria Montessori’s theories of developmental psychology include her foundational observations of the planes of development for children. These planes outline various milestones physically and mentally as the child’s education progresses, and it’s so interesting to see common threads emerge when observing Montessori students in the classroom.In today’s episode, I’m talking to Luz Casquejo Johnston, a parenting and life coach and a seasoned Montessori educator. Luz shares what she learned after experiencing all three planes of development in the span of one summer. She offers insights on the importance of reflection, observation, and the preparation of the Montessori teacher.Luz also shares the importance of asking “why?” - not only to find out the answer to educational concepts, but because our students will also be asking “why?”. We are better teachers when we are well-informed. What’s in this episode:Luz shares about experiencing all 3 planes of development in one summerThe debate on the appropriateness of didactic materials in the Montessori classroomWhy observation is crucial for Montessori teachersThe common threads Luz noticed when going through the 3 planes of developmentHow self-reflection helps students and teachersFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast/ Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Do Didactic Materials Belong in the Infant & Toddler Classroom? by David Shelton-Dodge (From the Spring 2023 Issue of Montessori Life Magazine)Connect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
047: Montessori Literacy and the Science of Reading: Insights from Zil Jaeger
Oct 24 2023
047: Montessori Literacy and the Science of Reading: Insights from Zil Jaeger
There’s a Montessori notion out there that we shouldn’t teach letter names along with letter sounds to our young learners. We’ve often heard that children don’t need to know the names of letters to read a word. And while that’s technically true, the Science of Reading suggests we should reframe our thinking around letter names.In today’s episode, I’m talking to Zil Jaeger, an experienced Montessori teacher, consultant and coach with a passion for literacy and steadfast commitment to anti-biased and anti-racist education. Zil shares what we can learn from the growing body of science about how children learn to read, how we can support learners who don’t have foundational literacy skills, and what Zil thinks educators should stop doing when it comes to literacy for young learners. Zil also emphasizes how important repetition is to children learning to read. The more exposure they have to letter names and sounds, the better for their reading journey.What’s in this episode:What Montessorians can learn from the growing body of science about how we learn to readWhy Zil recommends teaching letter names as well as sounds for young Montessori learnersHow we can empower learners to understand how human brains learn how to readHow educators can best support learners who enter a younger elementary classroom without foundational literacy skillsZil’s recommended resources for teachers who want to learn more about the Science of ReadingWhat Zil thinks educators should NOT be doing in terms of literacyFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast/ Resources Mentioned in This Episode:University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI)Visit Zil’s WebsiteFollow Zil on InstagramBook: Powerful Literacy in the Montessori Classroom by Susan Zoll, Natasha Feinberg, and Laura SaylorBook: Speech to Print by Louisa Cook MoatsLexia LETRS Professional LearningThe Literacy NestBook: Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise EideConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
046: Bringing Joy and Levity to Montessori Spaces with Lisa Thauvette
Oct 3 2023
046: Bringing Joy and Levity to Montessori Spaces with Lisa Thauvette
As Montessorians, we’re not necessarily known for our humor in the classroom. The focus is, understandably, more on the learning environment. We don’t want to come across as being too silly or lose control of our learning environments. But what if a sense of playfulness could actually help enhance our learning? In today’s episode, I’m talking to Lisa Thauvette, former head of International Montessori school, and a speaker, trainer, and educator. Lisa shares why we should bring joy and levity into Montessori education, how it’s linked to student learning, how to incorporate play in the classroom, and how joy can be felt among the adults in the community as well.Creating a culture of levity in our schools can build trust and bonding with your students. Remember that it’s okay to play and laugh together.What’s in this episode:Lisa explains the concept of bringing joy and levity into Montessori education, and how it’s linked to student learningHow play can be incorporated into the elementary school environment to enhance their learning experienceHow to maintain a sense of joy and resilience among adults in the community, especially during challenging timesLisa shares how she’s successfully merged her personal passion for improv with her professional life as a Montessori educatorFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast/ Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Visit Lisa’s WebsiteConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
045: Why Planning and Recordkeeping is Essential for Montessori Schools
Sep 19 2023
045: Why Planning and Recordkeeping is Essential for Montessori Schools
Planning and recordkeeping is essential for Montessori educators. It provides alignment for your classrooms and allows you to articulate to parents what their children are learning. Meanwhile, it still allows educators the freedom and adaptability to explore their students’ interests more in depth.In today’s episode, I’m talking to Elizabeth Slade of Public Montessori in Action, which aims to ensure fully-implemented Montessori education for children, families, and educators of the global majority. Elizabeth has created a Montessori Planning and Recordkeeping Guide and we discuss how it’s been beneficial for the schools that have piloted it, how it creates structure in the classroom, and how it can address equity in the learning environment. If your school doesn’t already have a planning and recordkeeping system in place, there are tools out there to help you simplify the process, and this is your reminder to get started. What’s in this episode:How the Montessori Planning and Recordkeeping (MPR) Guide that Elizabeth created simplifies those tasks for educatorsHow educators in the public Montessori schools that Elizabeth has worked with have piloted the guide and found it beneficialWhy recordkeeping tools can create alignment and structure in the classroomHow the MPR Guide focuses on and addresses equity in the learning environmentHow planning and recordkeeping tools help increase a program's fidelity to high quality Montessori implementationFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/planning-is-essential/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Public Montessori in ActionMontessori Planning and Recordkeeping GuideFree Tools for Montessori practitionersConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
044: The Inspiring Journey of New Montessori School Owners in Atlanta
Aug 22 2023
044: The Inspiring Journey of New Montessori School Owners in Atlanta
It’s no surprise that Montessori education is still growing in popularity and many people are becoming more interested in this model - as parents, as educators, and especially as owners. If you’ve wanted to own a Montessori school but don’t have an education background, it’s OK, it’s definitely possible to do so.  In today’s episode, I’m talking to a couple who has done exactly that. Najee and Sesealy Owens are owners of Decatur Montessori School in Atlanta, Georgia and utilized their business and marketing backgrounds to pursue ownership of the school. We discuss why they wanted to become owners, the challenges they faced, and how they want to inspire other Black entrepreneurs. We also discuss how the pandemic greatly impacted the operations of their school and how they were able to retain their staff and keep the doors open during that time.  What’s in this episode:What inspired Najee and Sesealy to pursue the path of Montessori school ownershipHow their business background helped them establish and run a Montessori schoolThe challenges, surprises, and opportunities that Najee and Sesealy faced as school owners, especially in the midst of the pandemicHow they hope to inspire other Black educators and entrepreneurs with their storyNajee and Sesealy’s plans for the future of their school and their personal mission to promote Montessori educationFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/new-school-owners/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Decatur Montessori SchoolConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
043: Embracing Bilingual Education in Montessori Schools: Challenges, Successes, and the Future
Aug 8 2023
043: Embracing Bilingual Education in Montessori Schools: Challenges, Successes, and the Future
There are unique challenges in implementing a bilingual education program at the elementary age in Montessori schools for a variety of reasons, but it can be done successfully.In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Marikay McCabe, founding partner of the Bilingual Montessori Project. We talk about the challenges, the common misconceptions, and the research behind bilingual education programs.  We also discuss why bilingual education is worth pursuing, despite the many challenges and considerations, and how the Bilingual Montessori Project and its resources will help with further implementation. What’s in this episode:What the Bilingual Montessori Project is and how it got startedThe unique challenges of implementing a bilingual program for elementary age childrenMarikay’s thoughts on immersion language vs bilingual language programsThe fundamental values and priorities that you need to consider when developing a bilingual Montessori programHow to evaluate what’s working and what’s not in your bilingual program and the importance of making changes to see the outcomes you wantMarikay shares the research she’s conducted on bilingual education and what she’s learned so farThe misconceptions of bilingual education and how to address themWhy bilingual education is worth pursuing, despite the challengesFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/new-school-owners/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:The Bilingual Montessori ProjectConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
042: Elementary Bootcamp Opening Soon
Jul 11 2023
042: Elementary Bootcamp Opening Soon
If standard Montessori teacher training taught you everything you needed to know before you stepped into the classroom, it would last way longer than two years! Chances are, you learned the content but not necessarily how to implement it in a real, everchanging classroom environment. That’s where supplementary education like the Elementary Bootcamp comes in!In this encore episode, we’re talking about our upcoming Elementary Bootcamp and how it can prepare you for the approaching school year. We’re explaining how supplementary education can help new and experienced teachers. Plus, we’re taking a sneak peek at what’s covered in the program. This episode originally aired in July 2022.What’s in this episode:Managing your stress as you approach the beginning of the school yearThis summer’s Elementary Bootcamp (opening soon!)How the bootcamp can supplement your knowledge and make you more confident in the classroomWhy standard Montessori teacher training doesn’t often cover everything you need to know before you step in the classroomWho the bootcamp is designed for and what’s includedHow to join the waitlist for the Elementary BootcampFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit https://www.trilliummontessori.org/elementary-planning-bootcamp/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Learn more about the Elementary Classroom Planning Bootcamp: https://courses.trilliummontessori.org/p/elementary-bootcampConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
041: Spanish Language Immersion with Lindsey Barnes and David Hernández of The Dahlia School
Jul 4 2023
041: Spanish Language Immersion with Lindsey Barnes and David Hernández of The Dahlia School
Studies have shown that children who are in language immersion programs through the elementary years end up becoming more proficient in their home language as they get older, and they also experience the benefits of cultural awareness. In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Lindsey Barnes, Executive Director, and David Hernández, Elementary Teacher Leader, of The Dahlia School in San Francisco. We dive into language immersion and why they prefer that method versus bilingual education, as well as why they encourage their students to speak Spanish to each other in the classroom. We also discuss why diversity is a priority for Lindsey, the challenges and successes of starting and running a micro school, and her vision for The Dahlia School going forward.   What’s in this episode:Why Lindsey was inspired to start The Dahlia School, offer a Spanish immersion curriculum, and why diversity was a big priority for her as a Black momThe benefits of exposing children to a multilingual curriculum and integrating languages into curriculum at the elementary levelWhy The Dahlia School is 100% language immersion instead of a bilingual classroomWhy Lindsey and David encourage their students to speak Spanish to each other and set up natural environments for the language education to flourishThe challenges and successes of starting and running a micro schoolLindsey’s vision for the future of The Dahlia SchoolLindsey’s advice for starting a Wildflower schoolFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast/ Resources Mentioned in This Episode:The Dahlia School of San FranciscoConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
040: Debunking the 3 Hour Work Cycle with Jana Morgan Herman
Jun 6 2023
040: Debunking the 3 Hour Work Cycle with Jana Morgan Herman
Over time, as more interpretations are overlaid on top of older theories, sometimes we can lose track of the actual meaning behind the source material. And when it comes to the 3 hour work cycle as applied in a Montessori setting, this seems to be the case.In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Jana Morgan Herman, national director for Endeavor Schools and former teacher trainer for the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. We talk about how Maria Montessori never actually implemented a strict 3 hour work cycle, and where that misunderstanding might stem from. We also discuss how much of what we consider “work” has been narrowed, leaving out more physical and practical activities, how we might go about implementing a more faithful version of the schedule Maria Montessori originally envisioned, and why expanding our view of academic or intellectual work should include more outside time as well. What’s in this episode:How over time, interpretations of Maria Montessori’s work, have strayed from the source materialThe actual schedule that Maria Montessori laid out in her work (and it’s not a stringent 3 hour work cycle)How what is considered “work” has become more narrow over time, instead of including passive activities and movement as well, and how to expand our definitions againHow to gently progress from physical and practical life to intellectual activities and how those initial practical life activities are relevant even to older childrenWhy the focus should always be on enticing children into more intellectual activities, instead of forcing or coercing them into something they aren’t interested inWhy spending time in nature is one of the best ways for children to learn and develop intellectually and how to implement outdoor time even in more crowded urban areasWhy Montessori organizations might want to reconsider their program schedulingFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/debunking-the-three-hour-work-cycle/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:1946 London Lectures by Maria MontessoriThe Advanced Montessori MethodConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
039: Co-Teaching, Organizing, and Managing a Large Upper Elementary Classroom with Tania Torres-Delgado and Gabriela Gonzalez
May 23 2023
039: Co-Teaching, Organizing, and Managing a Large Upper Elementary Classroom with Tania Torres-Delgado and Gabriela Gonzalez
Co-teaching in a Montessori classroom can definitely be a challenge. And with so many differing opinions on how to best approach a co-teaching relationship, it can be confusing to know how to get started.In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Tania Torres-Delgado and Gabriela Gonzalez, co-teachers of a classroom of 48 students at Guidepost Montessori School in Hollywood Beach, FL. They’re sharing how they work together and manage such a large class, what works well for them when it comes to everything from transitions to lesson-planning, and their advice for other teachers on how to successfully build an environment where students can thrive.What’s in this episode:The benefits and challenges of having a large classroom, and how Tania and Gabriela navigate keeping the space cohesive and functionalThe systems they have in place for keeping such a large classroom organized and authentic to the Montessori philosophy, including student conferences and lesson planningHow they use silent transitions to keep the flow going between lessons, lunch, and breaksHow they divide responsibilities as co-teachers, the importance of constant communication, and how identifying each other’s strengths and weaknesses has made them more efficientWhy they do all of their planning together, and why they chose to divide their responsibilities by subject areasThe variety of interest and creativity that they see in a large classroom, and their advice for teachers who also have a large classroom, and why procedures help the students to be more independentHow their mentorship student program works, and how they pair up students with similar interests and choose leaders with strong executive functioning skillsFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:N/AConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
038: A Quick Guide to Homeschooling With Chelsea Roberts
May 9 2023
038: A Quick Guide to Homeschooling With Chelsea Roberts
Homeschool, especially since the pandemic, is becoming more and more common for many reasons—and the Montessori method is making its way into more homes than ever. As education continues to evolve, Montessori schools are offering homeschool programs that serve as a support for families who have shifted out of traditional schooling.In today’s episode, I’m talking to Chelsea Roberts, program manager at Guidepost Montessori Homeschool. She’s sharing how families are implementing Montessori practices into their homeschooling, the importance of setting big goals (and also remembering to have fun), and how she supports homeschooling families.What’s in this episode:The easiest and hardest aspects of Montessori for parents to implement in the homeschool environmentWhat it’s like for Chelsea to collaborate with homeschool parents as a support to them, and how she helps parents achieve their goals for their childrenHow setting family-specific goals can help you stay focused when you have moments of feeling like you’re not doing “enough”Ways parents can motivate their children and spark interest in what they’re learningHow long it takes for new homeschool parents to feel confident implementing basic Montessori principlesFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/guide-to-montessori-homeschooling/If you enjoyed this podcast, you will love the practical and actionable classroom management advice in the Montessori Principles to Practice Webinar Libraries. Head to https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast for details.Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Guidepost Montessori HomeschoolConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
037: A Journey to Virtual Montessori Homeschooling with Christine Sithichai
Apr 25 2023
037: A Journey to Virtual Montessori Homeschooling with Christine Sithichai
The future of education is constantly shifting. Hybrid models that split the students' time between the Montessori classroom and homeschooling are giving way to entirely virtual homeschooling models utilizing the Montessori method.In today’s episode, I’m talking with 20-year veteran Montessori teacher Christine Sithichai. She’s sharing her experience as a teacher in the Montessori Voyage program at Springs Charter Schools. She’s talking about what it was like shifting from brick-and-mortar to virtual teaching, how she keeps students engaged virtually, and the skills that she prioritizes to instill in her young students as they prepare to enter the elementary classroom.What’s in this episode:How Christine’s experience as a Montessori student helped shape her decision to become a Montessori teacherChristine’s journey from a brick-and-mortar Montessori school with a homeschool component to teaching in a homeschool virtual settingHow approaching engagement is different in distance learning, and what it’s like to support parents virtuallyThe skills Christine believes are essential for students before entering first grade, and what she provides to those students ahead of entering their elementary years (especially writing, reading, and social skills)For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/If you enjoyed this podcast, you will love the practical and actionable classroom management advice in the Montessori Principles to Practice Webinar Libraries. Head to https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast for details.Resources Mentioned in This Episode:N/AConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
035: The Fundamental Needs of Humans: Ideas for Deeper Exploration
Apr 4 2023
035: The Fundamental Needs of Humans: Ideas for Deeper Exploration
We all have fundamental needs as humans, and understanding them from an early age is so important to a child’s development. These needs affect all children, regardless of age or familiarity with the lesson. In today’s episode, I’m talking about how to use the Fundamental Needs of Humans Chart to engage both younger and older children, to encourage students to create their own needs charts, and to apply this lesson to basic and advanced research and fiction stories.I hope that something in this episode is helpful for you to explore and get creativity with this foundational lesson.What’s in this episode:[00:52] Why the fundamental needs of humans lesson is great for all ages and learners, plus activities for young learns and tips for students new to this lesson[05:03] Why there is a fundamental needs of humans food chart, and how students can use this chart for inspiration in creating other charts of their own[06:49] How you can engage older students in creating a more in-depth list of spiritual needs, and how to use Nonviolent Communication to help students expand their understanding of spiritual needs[09:03] Using the fundamental needs chart as an outline for researching a variety of topics, and, on the flip side, using it with fictional text[13:54] Coming up with stories of your own that pertain to this lesson, how to weave this lesson into all areas of cosmic education, and examining more advanced topics such as animals and social or health problems in communitiesFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/fundamental-needs-of-humans/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:The Center for Nonviolent Communication Needs InventoryThe Deep Well of Time by Michael J. DorerConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
034: When Less is More: A Case for Giving Fewer Lessons
Mar 21 2023
034: When Less is More: A Case for Giving Fewer Lessons
In teacher training, we are taught that there is no ideal or perfect number of lessons to present on a given day. And yet, in practice, many teachers often find themselves wondering how many lessons they should present or if they’re getting it right or need to be doing more or less.In today’s episode, I’m talking about the many reasons why there is no set number, from teacher pacing, to student needs and interests, to factoring in time for specials or guests or social and emotional learning. When you present too many lessons, you’re not leaving time for observation and supporting students who need additional support. There will also be impromptu lessons that pop up out of the flow of the day, or the need to reteach lessons to help students better master certain skills.Finding your sweet spot of how many lessons to teach will vary from day to day, class to class, and will be best implemented when you take time to observe the interests and needs of your students.What’s in this episode:[01:30] Some reasons there isn’t a prescribed number of lessons you should present on a given day[04:20] Why more doesn’t always mean better, the benefits of offering fewer lessons, and the importance of making time for observation and giving attention to students who may need support with follow-up work[08:07] Why impromptu, unscheduled lessons are essential (they happen more often than you realize, and yes, they do still count as lessons), and the importance of knowing when you may need to reteach a previous lesson[10:33] The importance of including social and emotional lessons throughout the day, and how to pivot with the number of lessons depending on the needs of the dayFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit https://www.trilliummontessori.org/when-less-is-more/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:N/AConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
033: Handling Transitional Moments in the Elementary Classroom
Feb 28 2023
033: Handling Transitional Moments in the Elementary Classroom
Transition times in the elementary classroom can be tough. Children find it particularly difficult for a number of reasons, and it can be a struggle for teachers as well to make sure that the day flows as smoothly as possible for all of their students.In today’s episode, I’m sharing about best practices, as well as what to avoid, when it comes to different types of transitions throughout the school day. Considering psychological characteristics of elementary children, implementing tangible practices into your day, and observing both group (whole and small) and individual transitions will allow you to focus on what’s most important: student learning and engagement.What’s in this episode:[02:00] Why it’s important to watch for small group and individual transitions in addition to the more obvious whole group transitions, and the signs to look out for in a child struggling with a transition[05:36] How to consider Dr. Maria Montessori’s psychological characteristics of the elementary child when planning for challenging transitions in the classroom[15:21] How to support students during transitional times throughout the day, and what to steer clear of[23:05] Tangible systemic practices to incorporate into your daily transitions[26:17] An example of how to personalize a solution to a child’s transitional struggles For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit https://www.trilliummontessori.org/classroom-transitions/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:N/AConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
032: Unlocking the Potential: How ChatGPT Can Support Montessori Elementary Teachers
Feb 14 2023
032: Unlocking the Potential: How ChatGPT Can Support Montessori Elementary Teachers
We’re living in an age of AI, and education is no stranger to technological advancements. While some teachers see this as a challenge to overcome, technology can help transform how you approach planning and preparing in the Montessori environment.In today’s episode, I’m talking about a new language tool called ChatGPT, and the many ways teachers can use it as a resource for their classrooms to support student learning and development. There is certainly a learning curve, but over time, you can enhance your teaching experience with ChatGPT. What’s in this episode:[03:13] How ChatGPT can help students improve their language skills with lessons on grammar and parts of speech by creating high interest text that keeps students engaged[06:01] How ChatGPT can aid with sentence analysis to help break down the complexity of sentence structure, and creating sentences by ability, interest, or age group[07:42] Generating topic specific word problems with ChatGPT, and how creating comprehensive-level text provides a more targeted experience for students[10:54] Generating lists of follow-up activities to further engage students on different topics[13:31] Creating lists for procedures, such as a list of steps for a sequence of tasks (e.g. getting snack)[15:35] Why you have to be very specific when giving ChatGPT instructions and taking time to figure out the right questions to ask to get what you needFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:https://www.trilliummontessori.org/chatgpt-for-teachers/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:N/AConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
031: Public Montessori and Visual Thinking Strategies: An Interview with Katie Brown
Jan 24 2023
031: Public Montessori and Visual Thinking Strategies: An Interview with Katie Brown
Montessori schools are becoming more and more popular in the public school setting—both as charter schools and within district programs. While there are more than 500 public Montessori schools, the growing education trend is still not exactly common knowledge. Today’s guest aims to bring advocacy and awareness to this sector.In today’s episode, I’m talking to Katie Brown, Director of Research and Professional Learning at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS). The mission of NCMPS is to promote Montessori for social change in the public sector. Katie is sharing all the ways that NCMPS offers support—from teacher training, to classroom observation tools, to connecting people to state level advocacy organizations—as well as conversations around equity in public Montessori and new trends that are popping up for the future of this model.What’s in this episode:[01:51] How NCMPS offers support, resources, and connections  to schools, teachers, families, and students through both research-based and classroom-based opportunities[11:46] Katie’s take on new trends in this setting and what the future of public Montessori looks like[14:52] How teacher trainings and residencies are becoming more popular in hopes of addressing teacher pipeline difficulties[16:48] The challenges around equity and anti-racism efforts in the Montessori public setting and how to keep this important work at the forefront[19:13] Information about Visual Thinking Strategies course offered through NCMPS and how the tools presented support language development and critical thinking For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit https://www.trilliummontessori.org/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (website for resources and courses)Visual Thinking Strategies in Montessori Environments (book)Primary Montessori Curriculum to Standards Alignment (course)Elementary Montessori Curriculum to Standards Alignment (course)Teach Montessori (NCMPS project for teaching trainings and job boards)The Montessori Event 2023 (conference)Connect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook
030: Interview with Rachel Kimboko, Executive Director of DC Wildflower Public Charter School
Jan 10 2023
030: Interview with Rachel Kimboko, Executive Director of DC Wildflower Public Charter School
Traditional public school classrooms operate in a very different way than Montessori classrooms. But there is a growing trend for implementing Montessori practices into the public school setting. Enter Wildflower Schools, a network of small Montessori charter schools run by Montessori teachers.In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Rachel Kimboko, Executive Director for Stakeholder Engagement at DC Wildflower Public Charter School. She’s sharing her thoughts on what it’s like bringing Montessori into the public school setting and engaging with the community, how she works alongside the Montessori teachers to create the schools, and why it’s important to attract younger and more diverse candidates.What’s in this episode:How Wildflower Schools are bringing Montessori into the public charter school system and building relationships in the communityWhat makes their work unique while also being aligned with Montessori practicesThe importance of having structures in place that support flexibilityThe joys and challenges of implementing Montessori in a public school settingWhat public Montessori schools need to be successfulCreating access and support for bipoc people to become Montessori teachers and role modelsFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit https://www.trilliummontessori.org/Resources Mentioned in This Episode:DC Wildflower Public Charter SchoolWildflower SchoolsConnect With UsVisit our websiteFollow us on InstagramConnect with us on Facebook