Blended Montessori-Creative Technologies approach for successful inclusion in Multicultural Schools
What is MONTECH project?
Montech project will foster social inclusion and equity in multicultural schools across Europe through highly innovate and engaging activities based on a new approach that blends the Montessori method with cutting-edge Maker Education learning experiences.
Dr. Jordi Freixenet - Project Coordinator UdG
Sarah Kennedy-Berge - Pedagogical Leader at WATERPARK MONTESSORI INTERNATIONAL
Delia Privu - English Teacher at Constantin Ianculescu School
How the MonTech project pursues its goals?
In order to achieve the project goals, MonTech proposes to recover, adapt and transfer a well-known and successful learning method (Montessori) which was originally born to help the poorest children in the slums of Italy, but which today has become mainly associated with private schools and privileged children.
The idea is twofold:
Return the method to its origins, by thinking of how to adapt its creative learning materials to the current multicultural school contexts.
Update the method through technological and digital tools, since over the years it has gradually fallen behind in these aspects.
The idea is that these creative computing tools, added to Montessori, will help to promote learning through play, creative thinking, practical life and will add non-linguistic elements. All these elements are very important in improving refugee/migrant education.
Montech consortium developed a situation analysis of the needs of our target groups (children from migrant, refugee or minorities background) in elementary formal education from all the partnership countries (Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Romania). Furthermore, our Montessori and Creative Technologies experts worked together to adapt the method and transfer its result (the first version of the Montech Teacher’s guidance) through a Training of trainers’ event to the rest of our team.
Consortium and associated partners
Some associated partners, mainly teachers of multicultural schools, participated in theTraining of trainers’ event and are already implementing the method and the activities included in the Montech Guide with their children. Our consortium gets feedback from these collaborators and improves the method, and adapts its activities to their reality to guarantee the achievement of the project goals.
Teachers from associated partner schools will accompany you in the teacher’s trainings so you can bring to your school a Technology updated and Montessori-based good practice that will help you deal with the diversity in your classroom.
These trainings will be conducted face-to-face in the regions of the associated partner schools and through an e-learning platform for you to participate wherever you are!