With schools closed throughout New Jersey, one administration is learning how to make the most of online, remote schooling. Apple Montessori, a New Jersey-based Montessori school system, is adapting its free-form learning approach for the home classroom.
Montessori schools follow an educational model centered around hands-on learning and longer, more freely-structured study time.
In late March, Apple Montessori started daily instruction over Zoom with live “classrooms,” lasting at least two hours. Students are still learning both core subjects like reading and math, and specialties like music and art.
Staff are also providing a library of recorded lessons, sometimes pairing them with worksheets and games. They uploaded nearly fifty videos in the first week alone, and the library is still expanding.
Montessori’s participatory approach to learning means that parents get involved in remote schooling. Apple Montessori’s fifteen schools across New Jersey are holding regular conference calls with parents to provide support and answer questions.
Some at Apple Montessori worried that their open-ended educational style would make switching to online learning especially challenging. However, administrators say that the hard work of teachers and parents in conjunction with the students’ enthusiasm has made the transition a success.
“The first week was exceptional,” said Ms. Dwyer, an Apple Montessori teacher based in Metuchen. “Through these hard times, it’s important to stay positive—and seeing those little smiles gave me hope.”
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