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. 16, No. 4, Fall

Accreditation: Big Work, Big Benefits!
I hear it often: "I am too busy to even think about accreditation." Or "I'll work on it as soon as I add the elementary program, or finish the building, or complete the capital campaign." I can't help thinking that these are missed opportunities: opportunities...
An Interview with Joy Starry Turner
Joy Starry Turner, a disciple of Maria Montessori for 40 years, is best described as a master classroom teacher and teacher educator (mentor to so many of us), and a thoughtful and considerate leader who has consistently challenged Montessorians of all...
Another Voyager-Another Vision
In the summer 2004 issue of Montessori LIFE, the Archives column focused on one of Montessori's first American admirers, Ellen Yale Stevens. Stevens' observation of Montessori's practices in Italy and her admiration for Montessori's thinking about children...
A Road Map: Montessori Curriculum and Learner Outcomes
The pervasive approach to educational evaluation today is to judge children, teachers, and schools by test scores. In Montessori schools, we find ourselves perpetually defending de-emphasizing standardized tests. We explain that Montessori methodology...
Best Practices: A Commentary
I've started a campaign to get rid of the term best practices. If I can't get rid of it, I might be willing to rename it. The new phrase might be practices that worked for me in my setting, but might not work for you.The adjective "best" is elitist and...
Best Practices in Montessori Education
As Montessorians, we are most certainly a part of the greater educational picture in this country and in the world. We have a responsibility to continue to develop and to challenge our ideas of "best practices" through reflective participation in internal...
Deconstructing Montessori: A Growing Problem
When you hang out a shingle that reads "Dentist," you ought to practice dentistry. When you hang out a sign that says "Montessori School," you ought to provide a Montessori education. This is called truth in advertising. Too often today we find Montessori...
Defining Best Practices: A Goal for 21st-Century Montessori Education
Last fall the AMS Board's Centennial Fund Committee created a case statement that outlines a vision of Montessori education in the 21st century. This document is intended as a major gifts umbrella and marketing tool to capture the imagination of corporate...
Editing Roxx!
Welcome to our first issue of Montessori LIFE. With humility and some trepidation, we set out our instruments (pencils, laptops, dictionaries, style guides, and cell phones) and begin this adventure with full knowledge of the eminent and accomplished...
Educating for Peace: A Montessori Best Practice
It is upon peace that the very life of the nation depends, perhaps even the progress or decay of our entire Civilization. (Montessori, 1986, p. 3)So said Maria Montessori 72 years ago. She had experienced the horrors and ravages of World War I and was...
Embracing Our International Members
In 1956, when Nancy McCormick Rambusch joined her friends Janet and John Bermingham to plan a Montessori class for their children, she could not have imagined what their humble efforts would have become by 2005! With the help of the Berminghams, Mary...
Honoring the Light of the Child
A Path to Peace Honoring the Light of the Child By Sonnie McFarland Shining Mountains Press, 2004, $25.00Sonnie McFarland, a driving force behind various AMS peace initiatives, is a promoter and facilitator of peace retreats and touring peace symposia....
Identifying Best Practices: What You See Is What You Get
Montessori classrooms are different. They look different from other classrooms. The curriculum is different from other curricula. The teachers are different from other teachers. With all the ways in which Montessori programs differ from traditional schools,...
In a Classical Mode
In a Classical Mode Prokofiev, S. (1994). Peter and the Wolf. Erato Disques S. A. $16.99.Abbado, C. (2003). Children's Classics. Universal Classics Universal Music/Deutsche Grammophon. $7.99.In 1936, Sergei Prokofiev visited the Moscow Children's Theater...
In America
A Family's JourneyIn AmericaA film by Jim SheridanPG-13107 minutes2002"And a little child shall lead them." Well, not exactly. Ariel (Emma Bolger), after her father sternly instructs his family to tell the border guards they are on vacation, leans across...
One Individual at a Time: Instruction in the Montessori Classroom
As Montessori teachers, how many times have we been asked, "What makes a Montessori school different?" or, even more generally, "What does Montessori mean?" These are simple and appropriate questions from curious parents, yet a meaningful answer could...
Pennies for Peace
What happens when you cross an extraordinary vision with extraordinary Montessori mothers? You get Pennies for Peace, a remarkable program in which children across the country collected pennies to build a school for their peers in northern Pakistan....
Professional and Personal Life Balancing Act
My middle school students are studying Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey, as the basis for their Personal World Curriculum. I am fortunate to be the facilitator of that curriculum and as I was preparing a presentation, I came across...
"Restorative" Yoga and Silence Games for Children and Adolescents: A Way of Knowing the World More Clearly
The usual approach to yoga in contemporary America is to take a class. In the class, the teacher demonstrates poses. Usually the poses have a name. Some of the names bring images of childhood to mind: cat, frog, sparrow. Some suggest a sound or movement...
Sharing Our Best Practices
When the topic "best practices in Montessori education" was presented to me for this issue I thought, what Montessori teacher, parent, or student doesn't know that Montessori is the best practice! It seems so simple to us as we embrace this amazing philosophy...

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