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. 21, No. 2, 2009

Educating for Peace and Social Justice: Reflections on the 2009 AMS Annual Conference
This year's Annual Conference was a huge success; I wish each and every one of you could have been in New Orleans to experience it. I heard many conference participants say that they were affected in ways that went beyond the professional development...
Hitting Is Not for Children
There are times when individuals should be quiet and times when they must speak. This, for me, is one of the times when I am obligated to speak. At a recent conference session, a keynote speaker was asked what he thought about spanking, to which he replied...
Is Montessori Ready for the Obama Generation?
"Your wonderful country is one of the hopes of the civilized world. The feel of youth is in the air and soil. You will rear here the greatest race the world has ever known. It is in your blood. The mixing of the peoples of the earth will produce a great...
Letters to the Editors
I was delighted to read Marjorie Ann Lombard's article, "A Clear Voice For Montessori: Elisabeth C as pari" (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2009). I had the unique opportunity of taking piano lessons from Dr. C aspari during my years at Alexander Montessori School...
Making a Difference
Our Story of Mission Outreach in the PhilippinesMontessori teachers everywhere dedicate their energies to participating in this endeavor. But do these same teachers take time to realize that they, too, are on the same journey, developing their own potential...
Maria Montessori and the Secret of Tabula Rasa
On January 6 , 1907r at 58 via dei Marsi in the San Lorenzo quarter of Rome, the first Casa dei Bambini or "Children's House," opened its doors under the guidance and direction of Maria Montessori. This event is not only important to Montessori history,...
Marie Dugan: Truly a Living Legacy
On January 31, 2009, I had the privilege of speaking at Wilmington Montes son School's tribute to Mane Dugan, the AMS 2009 Living Legacy. The following is an abbreviated version of my talk.You have gathered here to honor Marie Dugan for her decades of...
Montessori Grows in Tanzania
Imagine commuting over 7,000 miles to arrive in a classroom of eager and expectant faces. Substitute teaching was not part of our original plan; however, it became the first test of our flexibility, a quality we had learned well as seasoned Montessori...
Montessori Milestones
Master's Thesis AwardThe American Montessori Society offers annual awards for graduate level work (for outstanding doctoral dissertations and master's theses) that furthers the public understanding of Montessori education.Erin Hennigan, head teacher...
The Last Laugh :)
This past fall, I was out observing one of the student interns from our training program. After I left the classroom, one of the children asked the intern, quite seriously, "Was that Maria Montessori?"Syneva BarrettThe Center for ContemporaryMontessori...