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. 4, 2009

Educating for Ecological Sustainability: Montessori Education Leads the Way
These days, the word green, and the more com- prehensive term sustainability, sur- face in numerous arenas, whether it be exhortations to recycle more, employ compact fluorescent lightbulbs, use less hot water, avoid products with excess packaging, adjust...
Keeping in Touch: Communication Today and Tomorrow
Learning takes place year-round. During the summer, I spend part of my time at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/ NY in the school management training course, instructing cur- rent and future Montessori school leaders about building school...
Letters to the Editors
The editors of Montessori Life welcome your comments and feedback. Please send letters to edmontessorilife@aol.com. Letters may be edited for length and contentI applaud Mark Powell's amazing article. Is Montessori Ready for the Obama Generation? (Volume...
Montessori by Nature
"How often is the soul of man, especially that of the child, deprived because one does not put him in contact with nature."- Maria Montessori (1976)If she were alive today, it would not be surprising if Dr. Montessori gave a wink or a green "thumbs up"...
Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People
Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book For Smart People By Ken Watanabe Illustrations by Allan Sanders Portfolio, 2009 $22.95Does your life feel out of control? Do you want to know how to take charge? To learn to overcome and even enjoy challenges? No matter...
Public-Private Partnerships
I have recently been exploring how Montessori educators might become more connected - and involved in building new models of collaboration between public and private Montessori school administrators, teachers, and students. My initial interest was sparked...
Strategies for Promoting Problem Solving and Transfer: A Qualitative Study
The world of today may not be reflective of the world our students will inherit. Increasing globalization has led to a loss of unskilled jobs through outsourcing to countries with lower labor costs (Tucker, 2007). The loss of these jobs requires schools...
Teaching Gratitude: Tools for Inner Peace and Happiness
In the fields of theology and philosophy, gratitude has long been a topic of reflection and celebration. The world's major religions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism, extol the virtues of gratitude as worthy of cultivation....
The Elevator Speech
At a recent fund-raising event, I was asked to explain the Montessori method. Without too much hesitation, I launched into an explanation but, once committed, realized I was at the beginning of a lecture that could go on for another 45 minutes or 6 hours....
Three Period Montessori Teacher Education
One of the lessons that is given during Montessori teacher education is called the three period lesson. Dr. Montessori adopted this lesson from Edouard Séguin to teach language. This lesson provides an opportunity for the Montessori teacher to interact...