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.

Montessori at Home

        Montessori at Home – A Step By Step Guide

        How to Create the Perfect Montessori Bathroom

        Create a Beautiful Montessori Bedroom with Floor Bed & More

        Seven Little Ways to Create a Montessori Home Environment

        Six Secrets to Creating an Amazing Montessori Environment

        A Guide to Designing Your Montessori Playroom

        The First Steps to Montessori at Home for Infants

        How to Create the Perfect Montessori Bathroom

        My All-Time Favorite Montessori Mobiles for Your Baby’s Room

        How to Simply Integrate the Montessori Method at Home

        How to Implement Montessori Without Breaking the Bank

        Two Secrets to Bringing Montessori into Your Home

        The Best Ways to Implement Montessori at Home {Food}

        Montessori in the Home for Infants and Toddlers

        YOUTUBE: MONTESSORI AT HOME: What Is Montessori? (& Why Do It?)

        YOUTUBE: HOW TO: SET UP YOUR MONTESSORI HOME (Affordable, practical, and easy)

        YOUTUBE: MONTESSORI ON A BUDGET (or NO Budget at all)!

        What is Montessori? Why Montessori?

        YOUTUBE:  Montessori Home Tour | How We Montessori At Home

        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