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Fostering Student Independence

Friday, March 13 | 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Session 3: Workshops
  • Philosophy
  • Workshop
  • General Interest

Maria Montessori advocated for a paradigm shift she called “auto-education,” stating the role of the teacher was to be a guide to learning rather than a conveyer of direct instruction. Unless you fully accept this role as a teacher, your students will not be the independent learners Montessori envisioned. In this session, the presenters will discuss classroom practices that encourage—or undermine—independence. You will leave ready to examine how your own teaching can maximize your students’ independence and foster lifelong autonomous learners.

Presented by:
Michael Duffy, Rebecca D'Neil Duffy

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).

D’Neil Duffy, MEd, is founder and co-director of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative in Lexington, MA. In 2018, she was honored as the AMS Living Legacy (along with her husband, Michael Duffy); also with Michael, she received the MACTE Wisdom of the Elders honor. D’Neil is the co-author of 2 books, including Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in Montessori Elementary Classroom. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I). AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood).