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. 23, No. 4, Winter

Finding Our Voice in Education Policy Discussions
Last summer, I traveled to Washington, DC, to take part in the Save Our Schools March (www.SaveOurSchools March.org). The last time I marched in Washington was for the Equal Rights Amendment in July 1978, along with 100,000+ others.The Save Our Schools...
Judaism and Montessori
Judaism, as a religion and a culture, places a high value on education and scholarly pursuits. As Jewish schools of varying affiliations and denominations look for ways to improve and revive programming, some are exploring the Montessori method. Based...
Math Tracks: What Pace in Math Is Best for the Middle School Child?
The Pressure to PushIt's 3:30 p.m. and I am in a team meeting with our middle school faculty, working on curriculum modifications for next year. The spring breeze refreshes the normally stuffy interior room where we sit, gathered around a rectangular...
Montessori, Maslow, and Self-Actualization
What must never be forgotten by the Montessori teacher, or by any teacher of young children, is that his or her primary task, his or her primary obligation, his or her primary sacred duty is not the teaching of the "three Rs" but that of nurturing the...
Montessori Teacher Education and Alternative Delivery
Time, location, ability, and even financial resources do not pose the same limits to an individual's quest for knowledge and skills as they once did. As technology provides ever more astonishing ways to acquire and share information and to connect with...
Ten Tips for Taking Better Pictures in the Classroom
With the plethora of point-and-shoot digital cameras these days, there is often someone taking photographs at your school or your child's school. And if there isn't, you probably wish somebody would so all those memorable occasions could be recorded....
The Conundrum of Creativity
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, suggests that we look at the issue of creativity within the parameters of a systems model. He believes that...
Your AMS Board at Work
What is the AMS Board doing? This is a great basic question with a complex answer. The American Montessori Society is a large membership organization with a varied constituency. Our members include teachers, schools, administrators, teacher education...