SRCD Member, Dr. Angeline Lillard, quoted in a recent Edutopia article titled "A Public School Makes the Case for ‘Montessori for All’"
To an outsider, a Montessori classroom may seem chaotic, but every component—from the layout to the school schedule—is designed with specific purpose, emphasizes Angeline Lillard, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia who has conducted research on Montessori schools for the last 15 years.
These practices are also increasingly supported by research, says Lillard, who is the author of the book Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius. The three hours of uninterrupted work time given to students each morning help children develop executive functioning skills, like focusing on a task and managing time efficiently, which have proven to be decisive in giving kids a leg up in school and life. Additionally, the flexibility to move around the classroom has been shown to stimulate learning and improve academic performance, while choice in lessons provides a sense of autonomy that can boost motivation and engagement.
Read the full article on the Edutopia website.