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Humor & Playfulness in the Classroom

Saturday, March 06 | 05:00 PM - 05:45 PM

Session 5: Workshops
  • Mental Health
  • Philosophy
  • Workshop
  • Elementary I
  • Elementary II

Dr. Montessori envisioned schools where learning was so compelling children would use it to build their souls. However, in our search for excellence, rigor, and accountability, we sometimes forget that learning should be fun. This workshop will explore how to kindle students’ imaginations, stimulating their capacity for investigation, work, and conceptual understanding. You will be guided to examine the nature of children’s humor, find playful, silly ways to capture their attention, and, as a result, be able to affect serious, deliberate learning.

Presented by:
Biff Maier

Biff Maier, MEd, is the AMS 2021 Living Legacy, an annual award that recognizes individuals for the lasting impact they have made on the American Montessori Society community. He is director of faculty and curriculum development at Lexington Montessori School and co-director of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, both in Lexington, MA. Biff is former chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board of Directors. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I). AMI-credentialed (Elementary I–II).