Montessori Life

A quarterly magazine that provides a forum for discussion of issues and ideas in the field of Montessori. In addition, the publication offers the latest society news, events, and opportunities.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring

Advancing Montessori Public and Charter Schools
Recently, I have been pondering the issue of Montessori public and charter schools. Understanding that where AMS and Montessori education have stood on this issue is critical to where we will go in the future, I asked Dr. Phyllis Povell, author of Montessori...
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A Fond Farewell and Plans for the Future
In a very short time, I will be stepping down as president of AMS, and another dedicated Montessorian will take on this mantle of responsibility. I wish the new president, the entire board, the professional staff, and the membership the very best as...
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Connecting Montessori Practice and Metacognition
In this column, we highlight Montessori classroom practices that improve metacognition, the processes used to monitor one's thinking (Zimmerman & Campillo, 2003). While initial studies focused on the natural development of metacognition, recent research...
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Just the Way You Are
The recent incidents of bullying highlighted in the media have heightened my concerns about this social phenomenon (or perhaps more appropriately, this "anti-social problem"). As the parent of a 12-year-old girl, this issue is even more relevant to me;...
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Mind in the Making
Mind in the Making Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs By Ellen Galinsky New York: HarperCollins, 2010 Paperback: $16.99Ellen Galinsky is co-founder and president of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and former president...
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Montessori Elementary Philosophy Reflects Current Motivation Theories
Student motivation, or lack thereof, is a popular topic in discussions about the challenges of modern education. Teachers wonder how best to motivate students; parents wonder why their children are not motivated to do well in school; and the popular...
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Teacher Follow-Through and Classroom Harmony
Is This Your Classroom?It is January, the most productive month of the school year. You lose track of time because the children are normalized. They are working diligently, while you are giving nonstop lessons all morning. There is a gentle hum of productive...
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The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund and the Living Legacy: AMS Traditions
The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship FundDuring the 1988-1989 school year, Dottie Sweet Feldman, wishing to provide financial assistance to persons interested in becoming Montessori teachers and searching for an appropriate way to honor the memory of...
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The First Time
The first time I saw a Montessori bead chain, I thought it was a roasay.I was working as director of academic resources in university housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and scheduled to give a study skills workshop in one of the high-rise...
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What Do Editors Do?
Maxwell Perkins, best known for editing the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, apparently once said to an author, "Just get it down on paper, and then we'll see what to do with it." Terse, but to the point, and a good description...
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