Posted March 17, 2019 10:29:18When you’re a little kid, you always wanted to be a math teacher, but the idea of being a math master seems daunting at best.
But now, Montessorians are getting creative with their checkers and learning a whole new way to learn math.
“I’m always thinking, how do I do this?” said Montessorian Lisa Koehl, who taught math at Montessoris for more than 30 years.
“You start by figuring out what your problems are, what the problem is.
Then you start looking for the best solution.”
The Montessorium is a nonprofit organization that teaches math and science in schools around the world.
Founded in 1997, the Montessoria has become a staple of schools and families around the country.
“It is something you are born into,” Koehler said.
“It’s something you can be exposed to, and that’s the beauty of it.
You’re going to be surprised at how well you do.
It’s not something that is something that you do on autopilot.”
MontessoriCheckerboard, which is a collaboration between Koehls family and the Montes, was born from a desire to get kids involved with math and math-related activities, Koehn said.
That was when she first started looking for a way to engage children.
“What we realized is that we really wanted to create an opportunity for them to get involved and be engaged,” Kuehl said.
“When I started this, I thought, well, we’re going out there and we’re not going to do it in an old-fashioned way,” Kitzel said.
Instead, Montes teachers started to incorporate Montessorial ideas into everyday activities.
For example, teachers at Montes preschool have used Montessoric checkers to keep track of students’ progress and to mark certain activities as successful.
“The Montes have been really proactive in finding ways to incorporate them into daily activities, like they do the color wheel, the exercise wheel, and the math book,” Kohnert said.