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. 19, No. 4, 2007

A Story of Faith, Luck, Courage, and Wisdom
A Story of Faith, Luck, Courage, and Wisdom Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin New York: Penguin Books, 2006 $15.00By Patti Tepper-RasmussenIt has occurred to me, as to...
BUILDING SUCCESS into Your Montessori Middle School Program
Montessori middle schools can be immensely successful and highly beneficial to students. Traditional schools notice differences in students who come from Montessori backgrounds; they find them to be adaptable self-starters who often take on leadership...
Growth and Expansion: Montessori on the Move
As fall's progress carries us around the bend toward whiter, our schools are abuzz with the sights and sounds of a Montessori education, full of activity and engagement, initiative and collaboration, friendship and fun. It is so satisfying to think about...
Inquiring Adolescent Minds Want to Know: "What Is Happening to Me?"
The minds of young adolescents are filled with questions; questions dealing with daily challenges are often mixed in with questions about long-term aspirations and concerns. Who am I? How am I unique? How am I like others? Am I smart? How does my brain...
Kambichs Help AMS Raise over $40,000 for the Centennial Campaign
During the spring of 2006, Richard A. Ungerer, AMS Executive Director, and Marie M. Dugan, chair of the AMS Centennial Campaign, visited Chicago to meet with AMS members to discuss the Centennial Campaign. The Centennial Campaign is an initiative to...
Montessori Adolescents: Truly Amazing Young People
In May of 1991, the first group of eighth grade students graduated from Crystal Lake Montessori School, the school I founded and of which I have been administrator for 26 years. That year also marked our school's tenth anniversary. We had started the...
Montessori Secondary Schools: Preparing Today's Adolescents for the Challenges of Tomorrow
They suive for independence, yet they clamor to belong. They fight connections they have with their parents, but they need to form alliances with peers and bond with understanding and supportive teachers. They are finding themselves, and in the process,...
Q&A: Conversations with Today's Montessorians
[Editors' note: In this centennial year, we are conducting a series of interviews with Montessorians, striving to learn about their personal Montessori journeys and to discover their insights on Montessori as a movement over the last 100 years-and in...
Random Thoughts on Accidental Readings
Jonathan Kozol, stalwart advocate for children, wrote in the August 2007 issue of Harper's about the threat to "democratic public education" from voucher supporters and other warriors for privatization. In Ms piece, he describes how those who favor privatization...
Singing and Learning
Singing and Learning The Web of Life Tom Griffith Mom and Pop Records $6.95 (includes shipping and handling)By Kelly HoistThe Web of Life is an engaging and imaginative collection of five original songs composed and performed by Tom Griffith, an upper...
The Heart of the Senior Year
RECENT LITERATURE DEBATES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE senior year, stating that it is an improductive and unrealistic time for many students-either because they are, by that point in their school careers, disengaged and waiting to graduate, or because they...
The Last Laugh :)
We had a visitor from France observing in my Lower Elementary classroom. She was walking quietly around looking at what the children were doing. She came across one of the students, working quietly and intently in an area of the class where there were...
The Montessori Adventure: What the Future Holds
As one of many adventures during the centennial year of Montessori education, I spoke at a conference ini Seoul, South Korea. My message seems relevant to all Montessorians around the world. As Montessori reminds us: "The child brings us great hope and...
The Montessori Model United Nations
We find ourselves at a moment in time in which spiritual life is neglected and materialism is extolled as a virtue; in which physical prowess of human beings has surpassed that of nature and in which we glimpse the horror of human destruction. Because...
The Teacher: Part 1
In 2007, Montessorians around the globe celebrated 100 years of Montessori education. AMS, in particular, honored Dottie Sweet Feldman and all Montessori teachers as the Society's Living Legacy. As a fitting close to the centennial year, Montessori Life...
The View from Here
For the past 2 years, I have been spearheading an effort, along with the help of other parents, teachers, and administrators, to expand my daughter's public Montessori elementary school to include middle school. So I was eager to write my column for...
Three Going on Thirteen: Preparing for the Adolescent Learner
In preparation for this column, I spoke with three Montessori educators on the subject of preparing Montessori students to be successful adolescent learners. Deb Cyrier is a former Montessori student who is now the 6-12 head teacher at the Montessori...