Are you on Facebook? If you’re not, then you are missing out on some of the best Montessori conversations happening in the world! Listed below are my favorite Montessori groups.
But first, a little primer on Facebook terminology:
Facebook Profile: This is your personal profile where you can share posts and photos about your personal life. In order to be on Facebook, you will have to create a profile. You can set your privacy settings to control how much information is visible to the public or friends who you have chosen to connect with. You can keep up with what your friends on Facebook post by looking at your newsfeed.
Facebook Page: This is usually created by businesses and celebrities. Postings on Pages are public by default. If you ‘follow’ a Page, some of the postings will show up in your Facebook newsfeed.. but not all. Facebook tries not to clutter up your newsfeed with too many posts so it sorts out what it considers ‘relevant’ posts and only shows you those. If you want to see everything that a particular Page is sharing, your best bet is to go directly to the Page. This is the Trillium Montessori Blog Page.
Facebook Group: THIS is where the real treasure is hidden in Facebook! Anyone with a Facebook Profile can create or join a Group. You can control the privacy settings so only the members of the group see the postings. When members post in the group, the post will show up in the newsfeeds of the rest of the members. Groups make it very easy to find like-minded communities, and to engage in and keep up with conversations. Most groups have an administrator/moderator who has to approve your request to join.
Facebook Group Etiquette
Most Facebook Groups are “closed”. This means that the group posts are only visible to group members, and all new members must be approved by the administrator before they can join. However, some are public which means whatever you post there could show up in the newsfeeds of your friends. If this is of concern to you, make sure you check before you join or post in a group.
To join a group, make sure you read the public description first before you click the “Join” button. The description will outline whether there are any special membership requirements. Some groups are created for paid programs, some require that you fill out an application form, and some ask you to send a message to the group administrator with specific information.
Once you have been approved, look for a document about the group guidelines. This is often found in the “Files” section or “pinned” to to the top of the group. It is basic grace and courtesy for you to familiarize yourself with the posted guidelines before you begin engaging in the group. You put the group members and administrators in an awkward position and make more work for them if they personally have to tell you to delete a post.
Be mindful of confidentiality. You may not be as anonymous as you think. If you are complaining about a third party, it may be possible for others to figure out who you are talking about by the information publicly available on your profile, even if you never mention the person or entity by name. Speaking of complaining, it’s best not to do that in the first place!
My Favorite Montessori Facebook Groups
Trillium Montessori Blog Community
Of course, I have to start with this one! This is the group for our blog readers. The group has two distinct missions:
- Mentor Monday: Ask any Montessori question and Montessori professionals will chime in with their tips and advice to help you out. We have some amazing members!
- File Share Friday: Share a file of a Montessori/educational material you have created. We’ve had things like “artist studies” “elementary record keeping” “3 part cards template” and so many more.
- Shelfie Saturday: Share a photo of what’s on your shelves. This is one of our most inspiring weekly threads!
How I Started My Montessori School
This group is for trained Montessori professionals who have either started a school or would like to start one in the future. Montessori administrators are also welcome to join. An application is required and the membership requirements are pretty strictly adhered to. We talk about all things related to school administration and startup. I must confess, this is my favorite group of all!
This group is for you if you have a Montessori based business that is NOT a school. Do you sell materials? Are you a consultant? Do you have an Etsy or TpT shop? This is the place to chat with other Montessori entrepreneurs, share marketing ideas and find collaboration opportunities.
This is a fantastic group for parents who want to learn more about Montessori at home, and share ideas about what’s working for them. This is a large group of over 20,000 members so the conversations move fast. But, if you ask a question, you are likely to find someone who has gone through the same thing you have. If you dig through the archives (check the Photo Albums) you will find a wealth of information to help you get started with understanding how Montessori works.
If you are a trained Montessori professional, then this group is an absolute MUST. Acceptance requirements are fairly strict and you may have to wait a little bit to be approved, but it is worth it. The level of discourse here is stellar. You will be exposed to a variety of ideas and vigorous, well moderated debate. Be prepared to have your ideas and practices challenged! This is the place to be if you are a thoughtful Montessorian, and are committed to analyzing and improving your practice.
Authentic Montessori Materials For Sale
Join this group to sell and buy used Montessori materials. You might get lucky and find something locally… or you can pay shipping and have it sent to you from anywhere in the world.
Connect with other parents who are incorporating Montessori into their homeschooling journey. This group covers primary, elementary, and beyond. It’s really your best support group for Montessori Homeschooling!
The Male Montessorian
This group fills a much needed niche in the early childhood and Montessori world. There aren’t too many males in the teaching field, and I think this should change. This is a place to network with other male Montessori professionals and discuss Montessori philosophy and methodology.
There are many more wonderful Montessori groups on Facebook. Do a search for Montessori and see what comes up. The ones listed above are the ones I am a part of that meet the following criteria:
- The content is Montessori focused and doesn’t stray too far from essential Montessori principles
- There is a relatively high level of engagement
- The discussions stay on topic and are fairly well moderated
I hope to see you in one of these groups!