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. 24, No. 1, Spring

Break Point
It is hard for me to believe that my "little girl" is at the point in her life where she is deciding on which high school she will attend next year. She has been busy visiting small and large private and public high schools so that she can weigh her...
Connecting Authentic Learning and Montessori Practice
Authentic learning focuses on realworld, multidisciplinary problems and solutions and is an important educational strategy for equipping students with 21st-century skills (Lombardi, 2007; Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2008). Although authentic...
Creativity and Montessori Education
Last summer, as a representative of the American Montessori Society, I attended a Montessori conference in Beijing and had the privilege of visiting several Montessori schools. It was fascinating to see students involved in the same math, Practical Life,...
Gender vs. Sex: What's the Difference?
As a parent, sociologist, and educator, I often seem to see the world differently from others. While some see a public policy debate as a football game between winners and losers, I see it as a vital way to create a good society. While some see education...
How Much Water Can You Add and Still Call It
IF I HAD TO WRITE AN ESSAY titled, "Why I Became a Montessori Teacher," I would probably begin by saying that I have come to believe the Montessori method is the most effective system of guiding young learners. After reading The Absorbent Mind and other...
Letter to the Editors
There seems to be an emphasis in Montessori Life on articles and columns relating to the AMS/AMI schism and also of raising the visibility of Montessori education. And lately AMS has stars in its eyes about celebrity Montessorians.Why are we spending...
Montessori, Children, and the Digital Age
"Headphones with Swagger (and Lots of Bass)/' an article in the Business section of the New York Times on November 19, 2011, featured Beats, $300 headphones designed by Dr. Ore, "the sonic architect of gangsta rap." One of the photos in the article is...
Montessori Instruction: A Model for Inclusion in Early Childhood Classrooms and Beyond
Maria Montessori was one of the first special educators. In 1898, as an assistant instructor at the University of Rome's Psychiatric Clinic, Montessori visited an asylum for the "insane" and became interested in the children with special needs who were...
Public Knowledge OF Montessori Education
The American public generally recognizes the name "Montessori" because so many schools across the country and around the world use the Montessori name. However, the Montessori community has long believed that misunderstandings abound. In The Montessori...
The Future of Montessori Education: It's All about Connections
In recent months, I have become more convinced than ever that the overall strength of Montessori education in the private/independent sector is fundamentally linked to the strength of the expansion of Montessori education in the public sector. Closer...
The Last Laugh
Montessori in the Modern AgeAs I walked around my classroom one day I noticed that one girl was carefully tracing the metal insets. After completing many sheets, she wanted to attach the sheets together. She came over to me with the pages carefully stacked...
The Many Seasons of the Montessori Method
The Many Seasons of the Montessori Method Maria Montessori Through the Seasons of the "Method/' By Paola Trabalzini. NAMTA Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring 2011. Paperback, 218 pages. $17For over 40 years, I have been involved with Montessori education...