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. 15, No. 3, Summer

A Strong Case for More Talk in a Montessori Classroom
SECONDARY STORIES One cannot help feeling ambivalent, as many Montessori teachers do, about the use of dialog as a regular feature of a Montessori secondary classroom. Conversation has never been considered a defining characteristic of the Montessori...
Clarity and Vision for Our Mission
FROM THE AMS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR When I accepted the position of Executive Director of AMS, I recognized that AMS had immense potential to work on behalf of schools, classroom teachers, teacher educators, parents, children, and the broader child development...
Common Goals
FROM THE AMS PRESIDENT All humanity that works for the common good, even though it may be unaware of it, is creating the new world that must be the world of peace. -Maria Montessori Education and Peace Montessori in Action: The Seeds of Stewardship brought...
Creating Optimal Environments for Adolescents
School of the Woods, celebrating its 40th year, began its secondary program 21 years ago by adding a few 12- to 14-year-old students to its late elementary class. During the school's history, each level has been added after the faculty felt that the...
Discipline: Developing Self-Control
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES Children are born with no control over their bodies or their behavior. They are helpless and need the complete care of someone who will nurture them and protect them. As they grow and develop, they gain control of their own...
Greetings
I am so pleased to be serving you as the new chair of the Heads Section. The AMS Heads Section has been so valuable to me over the years; the friendships, encouragement, and support I have enjoyed have meant so much. It is a pleasure to have this opportunity...
Identifying Priorities for Success in the Montessori Middle School
SECONDARY STORIES To care for others, to grow personally, to explore and appreciate life, to live by principles-adolescents in Montessori middle schools are expected to live out their potential as individuals and responsible stewards in the universe....
Letters
Winter 2003 In "Vygotsky and Montessori: One Dream, Two Visions," Dr. Elena Bodrova wrote, "In the Montessori approach, children are taught letters early; but the reason is that literacy is something that is expected later in school, not because it is...
On Riding the Roller Coaster
SECONDARY STORIES Spending June and July in Houston may not seem ideal to most people, especially those of us who call the Northeast home, but spending the early days of summer in Texas greatly appealed to me. There were the obvious reasons: warmth and...
Team Teaching
SECONDARY STORIES Teaching in the secondary Montessori classroom with a team of teachers is like being married. It can be very powerful and effective when the teachers have a good relationship-and it can be very difficult and trying when the teachers...
The Essence of Montessori: Those Adolescent Years
SECONDARY STORIES The four basic characteristics that Montessori described as appearing first in the years from 3 to 6 are still a part of the basic human personality from 12 to 18. The ability to concentrate, enjoyment of work, self-discipline/selfregulation,...
The Standards Movement: A Child-Centered Response
"Higher standards!" The rally cry of the standards movement is heard everywhere, and the movement has swept across the country with incredible force. Nearly every state in the nation has developed new curricular goals and standards and has created rigorous...
Using Objects to Teach Vocabulary Words with Multiple Meanings
RESEARCH Open any large dictionary and you will notice that more than one meaning is listed for most entries. Take cob, for instance. A cob can be the core of an ear of corn; a male swan; a stocky, short-legged horse; or a lump of coal. Mixing the meanings...
What Can We Do?
It is clear that global challenges must be met with an emphasis on peace, in harmony with others, with strong alliances and international consensus. Imperfect as it may be, there is no doubt that this can best be done through the United Nations. -Jimmy...
What Does "Practical Life" Look like in the Middle-School Years?
SECONDARY STORIES Iam standing with a group of 10 middle-- school students in th London Under ground. It's cold and, of course, foggy, and we're all tired with jet lag. It's 7:30 A.M. and we have an appointment with a local tour guide in the Financial...
When Parkhurst Came to Visit
I call it "creating order," that periodic ramble through my files, reading articles I have saved for their insights (translated as agreeing with me), recycling extra copies of carbons about school, chuckling over my notes of long-ago faculty meetings....

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