Montessori Madmen

Advocating Montessori

We're an impatient, ragtag group of dads and advocates from around the world, united by a common zeal to bring the Montessori method to millions more. Our mission is simple: to advocate for Montessori education so that one day it's not called Montessori school; it's just called school.

Montessori Elevator Speech Contest!

We’ve all had it happen. You’re in a conversation with a neighbor or co-worker or stranger and are asked about your line of work or where your children go to school. You mention something about Montessori school and then wait. Inevitably: “What is Montessori?”

You give your best answer off the top of your head, trying to remember what you wished you had said the last time someone asked this. You make a few good points, the conversation continues for a while, and then you eventually say goodbyes. However, for the rest of the day you kick yourself for not delivering a brilliant and illuminating pitch for Montessori. You should have mentioned the three-hour work period! You should have said something about hands-on learning! Or a story about a child you saw? What about the large bead frame? The geometric solids? The peace table!

Here is your chance: the Montessori Elevator Speech Contest at the International Montessori Congress (in Portland July 31st through August 3rd). Here is your chance to craft the response you’ve always wanted to say. Make it personal. Make it meaningful. Make it 60 seconds or less.

Submit a video of your Elevator Speech to trevor@montessorimadness.com. I can send you a link to a DropBox folder for easy transfer of the file. Send more than one entry if you wish. If you would prefer to send a written text of your speech, that's OK too!

All submissions for the contest must be received by June 30th. Send your video or written text NOW! While you're at it, why not get several parents and teachers at your school to also submit a video?

Keep in mind:

—60 seconds or less

—Prizes for the winning submissions are being provided by Nienhuis, Mad About Montessori, Maitri Learning, and more to come.

—Your video should answer the question “What is Montessori?” or “Why Montessori?”

—Rules can be changed at the whim of contest organizers, Trevor Eissler and Mark Powell, for the fun of it.

—Videos received are the property of contest organizers. We reserve the right to edit submissions. We may modify them or use them in a montage or for other purposes. We may allow others to use them for Montessori advocacy purposes.

—If you don’t have access to a smartphone or video equipment, you may send a text version of your elevator speech in lieu of a video.

Here is a video introduction to the contest.

Come join the contest! It will be a blast!