An interesting article recently appeared in the Fordham Institute’s Education Gadfly publication. I have quoted the initial paragraphs below, and noted the link.
“If you caught your pediatrician Googling “upset stomach remedies” before deciding how to treat your child and home-brewing medications over an office sink, you might start looking for a new pediatrician. So how would you feel if you learned that Google and Pinterest are where your child’s teacher goes to look for instructional materials?
Well, brace yourself, because that’s exactly what’s happening. And no, your child’s teacher is not an exception. A new study from the RAND Corporation finds that nearly every teacher in America—99 percent of elementary teachers, 96 percent of secondary school teachers—draws upon “materials I developed and/or selected myself” in teaching English language arts. And where do they find materials? The most common answer among elementary school teachers is Google (94 percent), followed by Pinterest (87 percent). The numbers are virtually the same for math.”
Here’s the link to the whole article:
Opposite what this article points out, our Montessori teachers spent a year in training to learn the Montessori instructional materials. Each took thousands of pages of notes, practiced for hundreds of hours doing the activities, and observed children for weeks in preparation to teach.
As the oldest monitored curriculum in the world, Montessori classroom activities are based on observation of children, making it uniquely suited to the ages and stages of children. So our teachers don’t need to go online for instructional ideas and methods. They have already received intensive training in the methods and materials to teach what the children can and need to learn in each plane of development.