TED Talks, Videos, Articles and Research

Browse our collection of interesting articles and videos on Montessori, Childhood Development, and Parenting.

TED Talks Education

TEDx: Adele Diamond – Turning some ideas on their head

  • Wonderful talk on executive functions

TED: Peter Benson – Sparks: How Youth Thrive

TED: Sir Ken Robinson – Bring on the learning revolution!

  • In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

TED: Sir Ken Robinson – Schools Kill Creativity

  •  Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

TED: Sir Ken Robinson’s Top 10 Talks on Education

  • Watch these insightful TED talks on education recommended by creativity expert and cultural leader, Sir Ken Robinson

TED: Why Should You Listen to Sir Ken Robinson

  • Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

What is Montessori? Why Montessori?

YOUTUBE: 321 FastDraw – Trevor Eissler “Montessori Madness!”

YOUTUBE: How Children Learn to Read in a Montessori Classroom

VIMEO: No Frustration, Dr. Steven Hughes

  • Watch this brief video clip on indirect preparation, one of those concepts that is so clearly and beautifully represented in a Montessori classroom.

VIMEO: Interview at Santa Barbara Montessori School, Dr. Steven Hughes

VIMEO: Montessori education allows for each child’s individual path rather than teaching to a “normal average“,  Dr. Stephen Hughes

Developing Executive Function: An Investment Worth Making Early

How Montessori Affects Early Brain Development

What is Montessori Education?

Who was Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori – Her Life and Work

Inside a Montessori classroom

Is Montessori the Origin of Google and Amazon?

Building the Pink Tower

  • Building the Pink Tower will be a documentary film that re-imagines schools and learning through the lens of Montessori education.

The Five Characteristics of Play—And of Montessori Work

Montessori vs. Traditional Education

VIMEO: Why 20th Century Educational Methods Won’t Work in the 21st Century and What We Can Do About It?

YOUTUBE: 321 FastDraw – Superwoman Was Already Here! – Super Dr.Maria

YOUTUBE: 321 FastDraw – Changing Education Paradigms

What happens when society emphasizes technical education and treats the humanities as irrelevant?, By Robert Frodeman, The Dallas Morning News

Montessori Preschool Boosts Academic Results and Reduces Income-based Inequality, By EurekAlert, The Global Source for Science News

Evaluating Montessori Education

  • A study compares the outcomes of Montessori education with traditional education

Montessori Builds Innovators, By Andrew McAfee, Harvard Business Review Blog

The Innovator’s DNA, By Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business Review Blog

Montessori Is An Example Of The New Culture of Learning, By Steve Denning, Forbes Magazine

The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education

Standing Up to Testing, By Ginia Bellafante, New York Times

Stop Stealing Dreams (What is school for?)

  • Large-scale education was not developed to motivate kids or to create scholars. It was invented to churn out adults who worked well within the system.

Outdated Teaching is Failing Our Children

Public School Stakes Its Future on the Montessori Way

Joy: A Subject Schools Lack – Becoming educated should not require giving up pleasure, By Susan Engel, The Atlantic

Superwoman Was Already Here, by Daniel Petter-Lipstein

Who Are Famous Montessori Educated People?, By Daily Montessori

NeuroScience Supports Montessori

Montessori and Executive Function

How Montessori Affects Early Brain Development

VIMEO: The Science Behind the Method

  • A pediatric neuropsychologist shares why Montessori education leads to higher order cognitive functions critical for advanced problem solving and lifetime success.

YOUTUBE: Why Tools of the Mind and Montessori Educational Approaches Can Help Executive Function Skills

  • Watch this impressive YouTube video by Adele Diamond, PhD. It is worth the 9 minutes!

Neurological Argument for the Phonetic Approach to Learning Language

  • “The exploration and education of language in a Montessori classroom is so easy and natural because it begins phonetically and gradually matures to include the complex mysteries of the English language.”

Brain Development and Learning: Making Sense of Science

Research Supports Montessori

Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning: From the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Research Shows Benefits of Montessori Education

Evaluating Montessori Education

  • A study compares the outcomes of Montessori education with traditional education

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

Research Validates Montessori Approach to Teaching Language

Montessori Research and Articles from Montessori Northwest

Test-free System Gives Children a Better Start in Life

Montessori Is An Example Of The New Culture of Learning

The Montessori Mafia – Wall Street Journal

Montessori Through the Eyes of a Scientist

Montessori Testimonials

Montessori Words: Where people share their Montessori stories

  • Read what parents, families and children from all over the world say about their Montessori experience.

We Are Montessori: Where Montessori alumni share their stories

Early Childhood Education

Sen. Tom Harkin: Fixing Economy Starts With Early Education

Early Lesson: Flexibility Leads To Creativity At Work

The New York Times: Scientific Inquiry Among the Preschool Set


VIDEO: Because No One Was Born A Parent

I Trust You, by Chip Delorenzo, M.ED.

  • “I trust you. What other three words carry such weight and meaning?” But trusting kids (real trust) doesn’t always come easy.

Rude Vs. Mean Vs. Bullying: Defining The Differences, By Signe Whitson, Huffington Post

Abandon Parenting, and Just Be a Parent, By Adam Gopnik

Parenting while distracted: By Jane Scott, The Washington Post

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

  • Making mistakes and incorrect decisions is an important part of life. How else do we know what NOT to do?

Embrace Those Mistakes With Gusto!, By Kathy Masarie

Importance of Failure

  • Allowing your children to make mistakes and experience disappointments is the biggest gift you can give to your child.

Too Much Praise Is No Good for Toddlers

Slow, Free Range, Idle Parents Can Increase IQ and Happiness, By Kirsten Dirksen, Co-founder, faircompanies.com

Aid to Life: Supporting the Natural Development of Children

  • This is a wonderful parenting resource for infants and young children.

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind, By Amy Joyce,  The Washington Post

Preparing the Home Environment, Child Development and Montessori

Montessori Biology – Birth to Age Twelve, By Michael Olaf Montessori

  • Providing practical Montessori information with families and schools for over a quarter of a century

Train a Parent, Spare a Child, By Bruce Feiler, New York Times

  • “…giving children tangible rewards — from money to sweets to an extra hour before bedtime — not only doesn’t work in the long term, it actually has a negative effect on them.” So if bribes don’t work, what does? Read the article for suggestions on how to modify a child’s behavior without bribes or rewards.

Learn about Practical Life at Home

Modern Parenting: Tips, Tricks, and Traps, By Steven Hughes

Ten Montessori Home Parenting Tips for Children Under 3

Compassionate Communication

  • It’s how we relate in the classroom

Good Parents

Montessori Parenting Ideas for Summer

Children on Media

Screen Time Syndrome: Brain Images Explain Why Kids Are Moody, Impulsive & Can’t Pay Attention

Media Alternatives for Teen, By Beth, Our Montessori Life

  • This article gives concrete solutions to curb the use of media for teenagers, but these tips are applicable to ALL ages and the bottom line applies to ALL parents.

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent, By Nick Bilton, The New York Times

Video Game Addiction: A nation watches as its youth turn into zombies

Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say, By by Matt Richtel, The New York Times

Educated Perspectives

VIDEO: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

YOUTUBE: The happy secret to better work

PODCAST: Back to School,  This American Life Podcast with Host Ira Glass

  • An emerging theory about what to teach kids, from Paul Tough’s new bookHow Children Succeed”

First There Was IQ. Then EQ. But Does CQ — Creative Intelligence — Matter Most?, By Anita Hamilton, Time

Understanding Happiness, By  Maren Schmidt

Corporate Kindergarten: How A Montessori Mindset Can Transform Your Business, By Justin Wasserman, Forbes Magazine

Electronic devices may keep teens from sleeping, By Robert Preidt, Health Day

Self-Regulation: The Key to Successful Students?

The Competing Views on Competition, by Matt Richtel, The New York Times

Need a Job? Invent It, by Thomas L. Freidman, The New York Times

Stop Stealing Dreams (what is school for?), By Seth Godin

The Children’s Menu], By Seth Godin

The Pop! of the Wild, By Aaron Hirsch, The New York Times

  • A look at the online education debate

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy, By David Leonhardt, The New York Times

The Dicey Parent-Teacher Duet