Choice & Motivation


In Montessori philosophy, choice is the engine of motivation, one of the prime elements in an educational structure designed to promote lifelong excitement about learning in children. But in many Cycle 2 and 3 Montessori classrooms, especially those in the public sector, choice is increasingly sacrificed to real or perceived pressures that teachers sometimes feel to produce fast results that can’t be guaranteed when children are given the freedom to make decisions about their own learning. 

The first half of this workshop will be an interactive presentation on the importance of choice as the engine of motivation in Montessori pedagogy, the nature of second period work, and a how-to guide to structuring activity in 6-9 and 9-12 classrooms to promote autonomy and independent learning. Choice does not have to be an all-or-nothing condition, but is most effective in these Montessori environments when it is limited and structured. 

The afternoon hands-on session will apply the principles presented in the morning session to specific presentations across the 6-12 curriculum that have been requested by workshop participants who registered at least two weeks in advance. Since the workshop will be hands-on and address current issues faced by workshop participants, live participation is essential. For this reason this workshop will not be available as a recording.

Participants will come away with a list of practical ways that limited choice can be introduced into elementary Montessori classrooms, and a clearer philosophical understanding of why choice is necessary in classrooms whose primary goal is to encourage the development of independent and joyful learners.

Member Rate $125 | Non-member Rate $225

9:00am - 3:00pm Brisbane times - use the Time Zone Converter for other times.

Registration options:

  1. Attend live online via Zoom

Please note that as this is a hands on workshop, the recording option is not available.

Click the Add to Cart to register and pay for any of these options.

Saturday, 23 October 2021 -
9:00am to 3:00pm