Join Harvard Teaching Fellow and Montessori educator Julia Volkman for a fun and knowledge-packed trip through the connections between neuroscience research and Montessori theory. This interactive workshop will be filled with practical ways to apply research findings to everyday life at home and at school.
Key topics include:
- Invoking positive neuroplasticity (changing the brain for optimal performance)
- The dynamic development of skill (progressions and regressions in learning)
- The role of stress in learning (eustress vs. acute/toxic stress)
- The relationship between movement and thinking
- Executive functions
- Attention and flow
- Memory, processing time, and sleep
- The relationship between social-emotional factors and learning
- Metacognition and mindfulness
To wet your whistle and look ahead to what we'll cover, watch Julia's YouTube video on The Neuroscience of Montessori.
Julia Volkman is the Founder/President of Maitri Learning and a Teaching Fellow in the Neuroscience of Learning course at Harvard University (Extension School). Among other things, she has also been a consultant and thought partner with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS), an Advisory Panel Member for and contributor to the Annenberg Foundation’s Neuroscience & the Classroom course, and a Dekyong at Buddhist family camp. Ms. Volkman earned her AMI 3 to 6+ diploma from the Montreal Montessori Training Centre, a bilingual program. She earned her master's degree from Harvard Extension School where she won the Dean’s prize for her research on preschool literacy/the Montessori movable alphabet. Most importantly, she is the mother of a young adult (by birth) and high school sophomore (by adoption) who have taught her most of what she knows.