Montessori Math Meets Standards in a Better Way

The approach to teaching Math that we take in Montessori is radically different from the way most of us – and the parents of our children – learned Math. There are multiple benefits to teaching Math Montessori style, including the way it promotes brain development in children. We need to be able to explain those benefits to the parents of our students if we want them to support us – and their children.


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This session is full.


  • Michael Duffy

    Michael Duffy has been a Montessori classroom teacher and a teacher-trainer for the past 30 years, and he is a founder and current co-director of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC). He holds American Montessori Society credentials at the 6-12 age level and taught both lower and upper elementary classes at the Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica. GA, a school founded and operated for 21 years by his wife, D’Neil. He also holds a master degree in education, with a specialty in media education. As a teacher-trainer, he has taught adults in New York, Phoenix, AZ, Lexington, MA, Pittsburgh, PA, Atlanta, GA, Toronto, Vancouver, BC, and Puerto Rico. He has given keynote presentations and workshops at national and international Montessori and non-Montessori conferences, including Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Poland and China. He has written articles for Montessori Life, and authored or co-authored three books on Montessori education: Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom (2002; 2014; 2016); Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain (2008; 2014); and Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students (2012). Michael and his wife were honored with the AMS Living Legacy award at the AMS conference in 2018. They also were given MACTE’s Wisdom of the Elders honor in 2015. The Duffys currently live in Atlanta, GA. They have two adult children and four grandchildren, all Montessori graduates.