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. 18, No. 2, 2006

A Parent's Look at Technology
I am amazed how technology continually improves at lightning speed, and while I sometimes feel that I can't keep up with it all, I am the first to grumble when my high-speed Internet line makes me wait for more than a millisecond.In today's high-tech...
Authenticity & Technology in Montessori Education
Authenticity: What has become a buzzword in some educational circles is a concept Maria Montessori wrote about at length, emphasizing the importance of creating authentic tasks as learning experiences for children.The Practical Life curriculum provides...
Colorado Peace Retreat
The AMS Peace Committee is pleased to offer a Peace Retreat hi the magnificent Colorado mountains October 12-15, 2006. Imagine yourself next fall in the heart of the Colorado Rockies where the autumn leaves are changing colors, the sky is clear blue,...
Connecting with the Earth
In this, my last column as your AMS president for Montessori Life, I must thank the incredible people who have supported me, encouraged me, mentored me, and kept me going: our hardworking staff in the AMS office, our dedicated Board members, our generous...
Establishing an American Montessori Movement: Another Look at the Early Years
Though Montessorians have existed in the United States for nearly a century a distinctly American version of the system did not begin to take hold until the late 1950s. What was referred to at the time as the "second spring" was actually a remarkable...
Fame at an Early Age
Bob Montgomery a first-grade teacher at Ross Montessori School in Carbondale, CO, created his Famous Kindergarten First Graders! project to assist his students in learning about each other, to introduce them to digital photography using iPhoto (they...
Humor in the Hands of Seasoned Montessorians
"Laughter is the sun that chives winter from the human face."-Victor Hugo(www.quotationspage.com)It's 10:15 on a Wednesday morning, and I'm leading a discussion with six of my middle school students in our community service class. They are supposed to...
Letters to the Editors
Great job on your recent issues! The music articles helped me to listen in a new way and the issue on leadership was full of creative ideas I had not contemplated previously. Thank you.Judi Bauerlein's letters in her role as AMS president have given...
Life WITHOUT Scissors and Tape
AbstractMy fellow teachers and I took a look at the use of tape and scissors in our 3-6 classroom. We had noticed children's over-reliance on these tools and wondered what would happen if we simply removed them. We decided to initiate a classroom research...
Montessori and One Teacher's Use of Technology
As a traditional educator looking back at my most memorable learning experiences, those that come to mind immediately are those from my own Montessori days. I can vividly recall learning how to measure ingredients and cooking some wonderful Thanksgiving...
Reconstructing Montessori: On Being an Authentic Montessori School
I have found that in his development, the child passes through certain phases, each of which has its own particular needs.Dr. Maria Montessori (1971)Setting out the propositions that stipulate tlie justification of the name "Montessori" must forever...
Technology: We Have Come Such a Long Way
When I started our school 25 years ago, I did not own a computer. We typed and retyped rosters as new students were added. We typed newsletters and flyers. If we needed multiple copies, I would run to the local print shop.A good friend kept encouraging...
The Last Laugh :)
Top 10 Reasons to Use Humor in the Classroom1. Humor can stimulate learning.2. Humor can build trust, rapport, and cooperation with students and parents.3. Humor draws and sustains student attention.4. Humor has a positive psychological effect on body...
The Orchestra
The Orchestra Peter Ustinov Reads The Orchestra Book and CD Mark Rubin Productions 1990, $14.98Music is often a difficult subject for the untrained person to understand in print, with descriptions muddled with technical jargon and overrun with details....
Toward a Culture of Active Engagement
Just as successful Montessori schools and teacher education programs depend on the active involvement of teachers, faculty, parents, and students, so does a successful membership organization like the American Montessori Society. AMS depends on you our...
Widening the Circle
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind...
You've Got Mail
When I was in college, my parents went to Mexico for a month; I was instructed to write to them at least once. Dutifully I did so. When they returned my mother called, annoyed that I had not written. But, I protested, I did write. One year to the day...