Absorbent Minds

Absorbent Minds

Global Montessori Network’s Joanne Shango discusses relevant insights into the challenges and opportunities of distance learning for Montessori students worldwide. Special guests offer unique perspectives on maintaining optimal educational outcomes in the midst of a global pandemic.


September 30, 2020 58 mins
In this episode, Joanne Shango speaks with Dr. Punum Bhatia about going back to the basics while maintaining quality Montessori education.

Inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy, Punum Bhatia, PhD has dedicated her life to Montessori education as a parent, teacher, and teacher educator for over thirty years. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature; earned Masters’ degrees in English Literature and Education ...
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Joanne’s engaging conversation with Claudia Mann, lifelong learner and Montessori guide. Claudia is the founder of the Demystifying Cosmic Education Group, and talks candidly about her journey to Montessori as a parent and musician in the 1970's. Well versed in Montessori’s practical application from an array of experiences, Claudia talks of challenges and successes over time — especially in today’s adaptive online Montessori educ...
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August 29, 2020 63 mins
Debby Riordan, the founding director of Montessori 360, knows how innovation doesn’t necessarily mean having to create something new for Montessori. People recognize the Montessori name, but know little about how the method truly works. Joanne and Debby talk about practical life exercises, soft skills, hard skills and emotional intelligence in relationship to what Montessori does for children and their future. And how to presen...
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August 18, 2020 62 mins
Joanne’s revealing interview with Jackie Grunberg, noted wildlife biologist, trainer, Montessori guide, consultant and the founder of Backpack Sciences.
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August 6, 2020 47 mins
Joanne’s conversation with Alan Preece, Director of Training Center Evolution and Growth at Association Montessori Internationale/AMI Global, on innovative opportunities for Montessori education and the Montessori brand — for students, parents and the community, especially in this remote learning environment.
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