12 April the ‘Brainstorming tour’ hit Amsterdam as the last leg of their European tour. In the Brainstorming tour Dr. Laura Flores Shaw and Dr. Steven Hughes argue that we do not need our brains in order to think, but in order to move. To be able to apply our executive functions it is necessary that we first learn to move. The separation of cognition and motor skills is false – they need to interact. In Montessori education, for instance, the sensory motor development makes the use of executive functions possible. Shaw and Hughes are hoping to set up a worldwide research in Montessori schools on executive functions.
The meeting in Amsterdam was jointly organized by the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and by Montessori Europe.