Work Models

  1. Flow Model
  2. Sequence Model
  3. Artifact Model
  4. Cultural Model
  5. Physical Model
  6. Metaphors


  1. Design Problem
  2. Literature Review
  3. Work Models
  4. Design Patterns
  5. Design Experiments
  6. Lesson Ideas
  7. Montessori Computes
  8. Thinking About Circles

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Patterns and Design


Under Construction I am not very organized or methodical in my reading. Web pages seem like a good way to keep track of the various threads I'm pursuing so I can find my way back to the main one--I'm trying to understand the context in which Montessori worked, so I can better understand what she wrote and where she got her ideas. To keep track of my reading, I write down quotes I find interesting and add thoughts in brackets as they occur to me. My goal is to one day have more notes than quotes on these pages, and maybe even develop something coherent and interesting. Until then, the "under construction" icon will remain as a warning for those who might mistakenly think there's something readable on these pages.

Artifact Model

[Artifacts include: materials, child-made objects, work plans/contracts/recording notebooks, teacher albums, lesson planners, observation notebook, presentation notebook.]

[Add stuff here from Idiocy: Its Treatment by the Physiological Method, by Seguin. The best known link between Seguin's objects and Montessori materials is the Seguin boards, but also talk about the object for the education of the senses.]

[Also see: The Derivation of the Montessori Didactic Apparatus by Mattie Hardy in The Elementary school journal, Volume 18 By University of Chicago (, pp 294-300)]

[didactic materials as representations: ideal forms (pink tower, color tablets, golden bead materials), realistic models (globe, volcano), metaphorical models (atoms of liquid like bbs in a beaker, creation of mountains like layers of felt brought together), impressionistic representations (charts)

didactic materials as manipulatives]

Montessori-Seguin-Froebel Materials

(Hardy, 1918, p. 299)

Geometric Insets

A FEW OF THE MANY GEOMETRIC INSETS OF WOOD USED TO TEACH FORM [Facing page after page 194 in The Montessori Method]

Button Frames

(A) LACING. (B) SHOE BUTTONING. (C) BUTTONING OF OTHER GARMENTS. (D) HOOKS AND EYES. Frames illustrating the different processes of dressing and undressing. [Facing page after page 200 in The Montessori Method]

Color Tablets

TABLETS WOUND WITH COLOURED SILK. Used for educating the chromatic sense. The tablets are shown in the boxes in which they are kept. [Facing page before page 201 in The Montessori Method]