Land Program from The Greensboro Montessori School on Vimeo.The GMS Land Laboratory program was devised by a team of Montessori teachers in 2004 and is now in it’s 8th year. Based on Maria Montessori’s vision of the Erdkinder, early adolescent students travel to a wooded retreat in Oak Ridge, NC every six week to eight weeks for 3 nights and 4 days, camping with no electricity and transporting their water in jugs and bins on student-made “chariots” constructed from old bicycles and baby carriages.
Dear GMS Community,
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a contributing writer to Forbes On-Line Magazine, recently wrote about how the Future Of Education Was Invented In 1906. He began his piece reflecting on a school in Mexico wherein the students from “very underprivileged” homes are doing remarkably well in an environment that is “utilizing student-directed methods” including laptops. He went on to say that even though such seemingly revolutionary teaching methods are being used and enhanced by what he calls “techno-utopianism and the internet and technology transforming schools”, that what we are missing is that such revolutionary methods actually began in 1906 when Maria Montessori opened her first Casa di Bambini in a poverty stricken area of Rome.