Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Patricia Barton


Education, Montessori Elementary Education


This action research paper investigates the integration of AI-powered tools, specifically ChatGPT, to develop individualized lesson plans with the aim of alleviating teacher stress and reducing workload. Drawing upon theoretical frameworks such as Self-Efficacy Theory and the Technology Acceptance Model, the study explores the potential of AI technology to enhance classroom experiences. The research questions addressed in this study include 1) to identify the advantages and disadvantages of using ChatGPT in a classroom setting and 2) to assess whether integrating ChatGPT into a Montessori classroom can positively impact student and teacher learning. Qualitative data was collected over a five-week intervention in an Early Childhood classroom within a private Montessori school. The findings offer valuable insights into the role of AI tools in education, shedding light on potential benefits and challenges within the unique context of Montessori education. Further research is needed to analyze the impact of utilizing AI tools, specifically, ChatGPT in lesson planning on teacher well-being and workload.