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. 22, No. 3, Fall

A Tribute to Cleo Monson
First National Director of the American Montessori SocietyFifty years ago, help was urgently needed, and it was soon to arrive in the person of Cleo Monson.The early 1960s was a critical, albeit chaotic, period for the revival of the Montessori movement,...
Curiosity Questions
Have you ever been lectured by an adult? Do you remember it as being particularly effective, or did you feel a little like Charlie Brown listening to his teacher ("Waaa waaa, waaa waaa waaa waaa . . . ")? Most of us have had this experience.Have you...
Drive to Montessori
An Interview with Daniel PinkIn the winter of 2008, several colleagues recommended that I read Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind. Then on February 28, 2008, at Radio City Music Hall, I heard Pink speak to 6,500 attendees at the National Association...
Education and Baseball
On June 2, 2010, a Major League Baseball umpire, Jim Joyce, denied pitcher Armando Galarraga his bid for a perfect game. In baseball terms (if you are not a follower of what used to be America's national pastime), a perfect game for a pitcher is one...
Education for Peace
At the AMS 2009 Annual Conference in New Orleans, a member of the audience asked keynote speaker Riane Eisler if she had sent her book, The Real Wealth of Nations, to President Obama. She said she hadn't but encouraged the questioner to do so.The next...
Good at Baking, Loving You, and Being Patient: The Qualities of a Montessori Teacher, According to Children
In Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori, Mario Montessori Jr. stated this about the sensitive periods for children:The process of growth, maturation, and individuation, the result of the actualization of individual potentialities,...
Grassroots Montessori
Cincinnati's Groundswell to Create One of the Country's Few Public Neighborhood tontessori ShoolsIn 2002, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) adopted a policy committing itself to develop all schools in the district as community learning centers. The district...
The Aging Montessorian
Now and then, someone's writing changes you forever. Learning How to Learn by Nancy Rambusch represented such a period in my life, taking me to the stars, to Planet Earth, to the formation of life on Earth, and ultimately to the development of life within...
The Race to the Top
Those of us involved in education in the United States have been closely watching the Obama Administration's Race to the Top Initiative - an extremely ambitious federal government effort to use a large amount of money ($4.35 billion!) as a tantalizing...
The Thimble and the Egg: Why a Small Child Cannot Always Hold a Large Curriculum
How often does the typical Montessori teacher have the feeling, I just can't keep up? Blessed and cursed with a curriculum that is both massive and well-defined, Montessori teachers struggle to create peaceful environments that foster deep concentration...
What the Race Really Meant
This past April and May, I followed the exciting Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, with mounting exhilaration. The winning school would host President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker!Of the...
Why Don't Students like School?
Why Don't Students Like School? By Christine Benham Why Don't Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom By Daniel T. Willingham San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass (March 16,...
Working Smarter, Not Harder
At the AMS 2010 Annual Conference in Boston, I had several people share with me Dr. Ned Hallowell's message about how we are all overbooked and pushed to (or past) our limits. That very idea is the subtitle of Hallowell's book CrazyBusy: Overstretched,...