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. 17, No. 4, Fall

Are You Leading, or Just Managing to Get By?
What is the difference between being a leader and being a manager of a Montessori school community?YOU ARE A LEADER IF you are spending the majority of your time facilitating program quality and professional development improvement plans, researching...
Enduring Music for Children of All Ages
Enduring Music for Children of All Ages Peter, Paul and Mommy Peter, Paul & Mary, Warner Bros. 1969, $16.98The trio of Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers together make up Peter, Paul & Mary, one of the most enduring musical groups...
Financial Statements: A Primer
The usual structure of a nonprofit organization includes a chief executive officer (CEO), a chief financial officer (CFO), and a board of directors with a chair or president, a secretary, and a treasurer. The organization operates on a fiscal, or financial,...
Finding Leaders among Us
As the new AMS Board of Directors parent representative, I'll be writing a regular column for Montessori Life. For this issue that focuses on leadership, I thought it might be a good opportunity to provide a small window into my background by telling...
HEADING a (Montessori) School
If you had to choose a head for your Montessori school, would you prefer someone who has previous experience heading a school but no Montessori experience, or someone with Montessori experience but no experience heading a school? Is a Montessori school's...
Inspiration: The Key to Leadership
Leadership is often defined as a position, an office, or the ability to guide or direct people. My view is that leadership goes beyond these definitions to its true essence: inspiration. An authentic leader has the ability to inspire, to literally "breathe...
Leadership as Service
During these past months as president of the AMS Board, I have asked for support, time, and energy commitments from many people: Task forces have been established, committees have been formed, people have been contacted to assume specific responsibilities,...
Leadership Is Fashionable Again
Have you noticed that there are just as many theories and books on leadership now as there are on yoga, Pilâtes, or dieting (with South Beach, with low carbs, or by following those thin French women)? And, if the number of well-attended workshops on...
Leading AMS in the Digital Age
The phenomenal growth in the use of the Internet worldwide and the falling barriers to global communication are having a dramatic effect on associations, including our American Montessori Society. Internet use as a percentage of world population has...
Looking Back to Earth: A LESSON IN LEADERSHIP
I am not certain how or why it happened. But, as is my wont, plunging in where angels fear to tread, in June of 1974 I volunteered to lead a travel group to Communist China. President Richard Nixon had just opened the great mystery door and we were one...
Membership Is Leadership
Organizations seeking members who pay dues or membership fees actively market the benefits of membership to their prospective constituents. Think of the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Sierra Club, AARP, NAEYC, or even your American Montessori...
Montessori Milestones
Happy Anniversary!Congratulations to the following AMS-member schools on achieving significant anniversary milestones! We wish them continued success in the future.40th AnniversaryMontessori Children's House of MorristownMorristown, NJMarilyn Stewart,...
Nancy McCormick Rambusch: A Reflection
[Editor's note: This article appeared in part in the March 2004 issue of Public School Montessorian and is reprinted with permission of the editor.]This coming fall will mark the 12th anniversary of Nancy McCormick Rambusch's death. As the founder of...
Nurturing the Seeds of Ethical Behavior in Children
Ethical behavior is peaceful behavior. Maria Montessori recognized the importance of educating children for peace and developed a comprehensive program to make this possible. She recognized that children enter this life with the seeds of their potential...
Remembering Joy Starry Turner
Joy Turner was a tireless, intelligent supporter of Montessori and the American Montessori Society, and I hope that this short appreciation will help people to understand just a few of her many contributions.Her school, Greenhouse Montessori, in Garden...
The First Farewell: Hello, Goodbye, Hello
[Editor's note: Joy Turner wrote this article in September 2004.]On the first day of school in my year of Montessori student teaching, my head teacher assigned me the task of receiving children at our preschool classroom door as they arrived. It was...
The Letters of Leadership
L| is for love and light-love what you are doing and you will light a spark that will kindle a love of learning in each of your studentsE| is for enthusiasm and excitement-smile, laugh, and share with your students the joy of learningA| is for age-appropriate-lead...
What Is Leadership? Montessorians Respond
In preparation for this issue of Montessori Life, we polled a group of Montessorians and asked them to give us their take on leadership. These are a few of the responses we received.- The EditorsIf to be a leader is to be a guide, forerunner, and director...
WORKING TOGETHER: Collaborative School Leadership Fosters a Climate of Success
The challenges we face in our schools are dynamically complex; that is, they are multifaceted and ever changing. These challenges are influenced by how well our teachers work together, how much they have to say about their professional development, how...