Adaptation: A Journey in Montessori Discoveries

Matthew Sneyd

In this seminar, participants will be taken on a journey of creation and adaptation in an attempt to establish sustainable Montessori environments for orphan and destitute children in Nepal and Bangladesh. Matthew Sneyd will walk you through the obstacles and decisions encountered while building a Montessori program in challenging and uncharted territories, and reveal both the practical and pedagogical lessons learned along the way. Regardless of where we are, the desire to have that idealized Montessori environment can leave us feeling unsatisfied and inadequate. The perfect can too easily become the enemy of the good, or even the great. Trying to do “Montessori” in unconventional settings reveals and separates the layers of the essential from the superfluous, and helps us to redefine success in our efforts on behalf of the universal child.