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. 20, No. 2, 2008

Building Ukrainian Montessori from the Ground Up
The exceptional and amazing story of Ukraine Montessori can serve as a model for future international efforts to develop indigenous Montessori schools and training centers around the world.Of all the things I've done over the past 40 years, nothing has...
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Developing Resilient Children after 100 Years of Montessori Education
At the turn of the 20th century, Maria Montessori called for "a revolution in society's approach to human development" (Montessori, 1966). She advanced a precise, scientifically based theory that has stood the test of time, decade after decade. The planes...
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Don't Forget to Breathe
There is nothing like the sound of a classroom after all the children have gone home on the last day of school. The echoes of children's voices whisper on the walls, their spirit still infusing the shadows. The stillness of the Montessori materials on...
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Elements of a Just Adolescent Community
[Editors' note: This is part two of a two-part article. The first part, "Building a Just Adolescent Community," appeared in Montessori Life, vol. 20, no. 1, 2008.]Given the defining characteristics and needs of early adolescence, how can a Just Adolescent...
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From Pencils to Peace
It was mid-September, and Greg Mortenson found himself lost, feeble, and nearly out of his mind from oxygen deprivation and exhaustion, having returned to the wrong Pakistani village. His failures were mounting: failed to reach the summit, failed to...
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Getting Away: Heads Head for Rejuvenation
The 2008 Heads of Schools Retreat was held January 18, 19, and 20, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our workshop speaker was Amanda Trosten-Bloom, coauthor of The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change. We had approximately 60...
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Montessori Milestones
2009 Living LegacyThe American Montessori Society Living Legacy is an honor created by the AMS Scholarship Committee to recognize individuals whose exemplary achievements have had significant impact within the Montessori community. Donations to the AMS...
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Montessori: Programs of the Future
The Red Oaks School in Morristown, NJ, where I am head of school, has a visiting scholar program. It is a key part of our professional development plan for teachers. Each year, we invite a noted professional in education or psychology to spend several...
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Ordinary Acts into Extraordinary Lessons
I have been reflecting recently on what the experience of being immersed in Montessori through my involvement with AMS has meant to me over the past several years. In the most general terms, I think my connection with AMS and with my children's schools...
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Public Policy: AMS Steps Forward
The AMS Public Policy Committee recently organized the Public Policy Network as part of a long-term effort to inform our members about emerging public policy issues. The Public Policy Network is comprised of a group of individuals who have expressed...
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The Last Laugh :)
I have been a Montessori teacher for over 20 years. My 3-year-old grandson, Alex, attends a preschool in Westboro, MA. One day I said to him, "Alex, I would like to come and see your school some day." "Oh, no, Grandma," he replied, "you can't come to...
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The Three Questions
First published in 1885, Leo Tolstoy's parable "The Three Questions" today seems allegorically relevant. An emperor, seeking a way to avoid failure in all his undertakings, announces a reward for anyone who can answer the three questions he believes...
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