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Building Community in the Montessori Classroom

Building Community in the Montessori Classroom

Originally presented on September 24, 2015.

Presenter: Adam Darlage
For: Elementary I and II novice teachers

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This presentation is available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person) 
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)


A strong and welcoming community is fundamental to the social emotional and academic wellbeing of children in the Montessori environment. But how is such a community built and maintained throughout the school year?  Moreover, what specific things can Montessori guides do to encourage the senses of “belonging” and classroom “ownership” among their students?

In this webinar, Elementary guide Adam Darlage will frame the discussion around 4 pedagogical virtues—humility, honesty, trust, and accountability—and explain how you can nurture them within your Montessori environment to foster a lasting sense of community among your students. He will also address the importance of you, as a guide, manifesting the virtues with your students on a daily basis.

Other points of focus will include:

  • How and why a prepared environment that is trustworthy, predictable, and safe is critically important to building community
  • How the process of building and maintaining the classroom community continues in the work of the students through practical life activities, daily meetings (“line time”), classroom projects, recess, and service work
  • Concrete strategies that Adam uses to help his students build community
  • Sample scenarios that present challenges to and opportunities for community building

You will leave with specific measures to take back to your own classrooms. You will also come away with a deeper understanding of why the values of community life are so important for their students’ continued growth in the Montessori environment. 

About the Presenter

Adam Darlage, PhD, is the head Upper Elementary teacher at DuPage Montessori School in Naperville, IL, where he has been teaching since 2009. His background in the humanities informs his Upper Elementary curriculum in a number of subject areas, including Western and world history as well as writing and grammar. He is nearing completion of a 6 – 12 Montessori credential.

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