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Teacher Support Materials

As lifelong learners, Montessori teachers and emerging teachers continually seek new sources of information: for fine-tuning their skills; bringing new, practical ideas into their classrooms; re-inspiring their curricula; and staying abreast of the latest theory.

To this end, AMS is always looking for helpful resources to recommend. Below are some that we especially like.

Additionally, you can find more suggestions in the School Resources and Family Resources sections of our Web site, as well as on our Peace & Social Justice page.

Books

Alex, Joanne. I Wonder What’s Out There: A Vision of the Universe for Primary Classes.

Ball, Edgar, and Wolff, Jonathan. 8 Characteristics of the Master Teacher.

Costa, Arthur L. (editor). Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking.
Costa, Arthur L., and Kallick, Bena. Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers.

Duffy, Michael. Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain.
Duffy, Michael; Duffy, D’Neil; and Amann, Amber. Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom.

Fedorowicz, Meg. Nurturing the Young Scientist: Experiences in Physics for Children.

Kramer, Rita. Maria Montessori: A Biography.

Montessori, Maria. The Absorbent Mind.
Montessori, Maria. The Discovery of the Child.
Montessori, Maria. The Montessori Method.
Montessori, Maria. The Secret of Childhood.
Montessori, Maria. From Childhood to Adolescence.
Montessori, Maria. To Educate the Human Potential.
(And all other titles.)

Sharpe, Paula A. Maria Montessori. (A book for children)

Spears, Priscilla. Kingdoms of Life Connected: A Teacher’s Guide to the Tree of Life.
Spears, Priscilla. A Tour of the Flowering Plants Based on the Classification System of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group.

Stephenson, Deede. The Pink What? A Curriculum Guide.

Wolf, Aline D. Child-Size Masterpieces series.
Wolf, Aline D. Nurturing the Spirit in Non-Sectarian Classrooms.
Wolf, Aline D. Como cultivar el espíritu del niño en un ambiente laico.

Wolff, Jonathan. Self-Awakened Child series.

Zhao, Yong (editor). What Should Teachers Know about Technology? Perspectives and Practices.

Web Sites

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood , a national coalition devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on children, offers resources for parents, teachers, and administrators.

The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is committed to preserving pluralism in education. One way they do this is by publishing a free monthly newsletter, Outlook. Click here to subscribe.

Edutopia , a Web site published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, is filled with resources that celebrate and encourage innovation in K – 12 schools. Be sure to check out the link for educators called “What to Watch This Week.”

The Five Great Lessons is an overview of this important and unique part of the Montessori curriculum, written by a Montessori-credentialed elementary teacher.

Fossils-facts-and-finds.com is, as its name suggests, all about fossils; it is written especially for teachers and students and includes free downloadable materials that you can put to use immediately in your classroom.

Global Dimension offers an online library of teaching resources that support global, intercultural, and environmental learning.

The Unites States Humane Society publishes a Web site with resources for parents and educators, which support the Society’s mission to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals.

Kidsgardening.org offers curriculum ideas, classroom projects, and more, that will help connect students—and teachers—to the earth.

LearnCentral.org , a social learning network for education—includes public, free, and interactive Webinars and other resources, as well as discussion forums and groups tailored to individual areas of interest.

Miss Barbara’s Suggested Sites for Montessori Students is a Web site with dozens of helpful links that Montessori teacher and teacher educator Barbara Dubinsky has put together on everything from Volcano Research to the Solar System, Biomes, Cartography, History, and more.

Multiage-Education.com offers materials, techniques, and Web links that support multiage education. There is even a page just for students.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History offers an excellent online resource in “Geologic Time: The Story of a Changing Earth.”

Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment is a national group of educators concerned with how children’s entertainment is affecting the play and behavior of children in classrooms. Their Web site offers resources for adults and children, plus downloadable guides.

Visit the Geology Wing of the University of California Museum of Paleontology Web site to take an online journey through the history of Earth, organized in keeping with the geologic time scale.

A Year of Reading is a blog, filled with reviews of children’s books and suggested reading resources for teachers, written from a classroom perspective by 2 teachers.

Professional Development

AMS Webinars explore a variety of topics relevant to educators and parents. AMS members receive discounts on registration. 

Mining Magnificent Minds offers high-quality professional development about ADHD to teachers. The program, consisting of 10 videos and 9 Webinars, is intended to deepen educators' understanding of ADHD, and learn how to better support students affected by the disorder.

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