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Learning the Periodic Table through the Cosmic Story

Friday, March 05 | 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Session 1 Workshops
  • Specialized Content Area
  • Workshop
  • Elementary II

The periodic table of elements comes to life when you understand the connections between element formation and the cosmos, including, as Maria Montessori envisioned, our own personal relationships to the cosmic structure. This workshop will show you how the table can be taught in a learning spiral that ends in complexity but starts with simple stories that tie the physical world to our personal lives, which makes learning about the elements compelling and easy to grasp. You will also learn how to extend your learnings to art and writing.

Presented by:
Jennifer Morgan, Michael Duffy

Jennifer Morgan is founder of the Deeptime Network, which is rooted in the Cosmos and offers professional development and networking for teachers. Her award-winning Universe Story Trilogy (Born With a Bang, From Lava to Life, and Mammals Who Morph) is used in Montessori classrooms around the world.

Michael Duffy, STL, MEd, is co-director of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, in Lexington, MA. In 2018, he was honored as the AMS Living Legacy (along with his wife, D’Neil Duffy); also with D’Neil, he received the MACTE Wisdom of the Elders honor. Michael is the author or co-author of 3 books, including Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in Montessori Elementary Classrooms. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).