By Madlena Ulrich and Carla Foster, lecturers in Further Education in Montessori Pedagogy at the University of South-Eastern Norway.
These days, as Montessori Children´s Houses and Elementary schools around the country are re-opening, many people are wondering how to maintain the basic principles of Montessori pedagogy while at the same time following the guidelines for infection prevention. They seem to be incompatible in many ways, and it may be tempting to “cancel” Montessori and simply carry out other ways of teaching and supervision instead.
Yet we actually have a commitment to do our work according to the principles of Montessori pedagogy, both in regard to the children and to their parents.
Keep in mind that staff in all of the childcare centres and schools around Norway are facing the same challenges right now, and it is not unique for the Montessori community to have to think about new ways to conduct education and care for the children.
No one knows exactly how to do this and what would be “right,” since none of us have done this before. Still, we as Montessori trainers would like to contribute with some reminders and suggestions which hopefully can reassure some of you that what you are doing is fine, and which may help others to think of new ways to do Montessori.