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. 1, Spring

A Time for Change
The year 1960 introduced a decade of change, upheaval, conflict, and war. "A defining chapter in America's past, the '60s shaped a generation and sculpted a political landscape that can still be seen today." (Retrieved December 12, 2009, from www.pbs.org/opb/thesixties)...
Connecting Educational Theory and Montessori Practice
As Montessorians, we encourage quality research that examines what we know: Montessori works for children because the method was designed for children. In this first Spotlight on Research column and in future ones, we will highlight aspects of the Montessori...
Following Nancy Rambusch
I wish I had known Nancy McCormick Rambusch. I wish I had been one of the founders of the American Montessori Society. I've heard so much about those breathtakingly exciting days of the late 1950s and early 1960s, the days in which a firebrand educator...
Freedom, Order, and the Child
Self-Control and Mastery of the World Mark the Dynamic Montessori MethodEditors' note: This article originally appeared in the magazine Jubilee.Today, on almost every continent, there are schools adopting in spirit and practice the ideas of this educator...
Montessori Education and Practice: A Review of the Literature, 2007-2009
This literature review, a continuation of the first one published in Montessori Life (Bagby, 2007), identifies articles published in non-Montessori professional periodicals that included information about Maria Montessori and/or the Montessori method...
My Mother, Marquita Dubach
At our meeting at the archives in Storrs were four members of the first Montessori teacher education course in America, the Greenwich, CT, class of 1962-1963: Douglas and Maria Gravel, Carolyn Dodd, and my mother, Marquita Dubach.In the early 1960s,...
Recollections and Reflections: The American Montessori Society
My name is Douglas Gravel and these are some of my recollections around the birth of the American Montessori Society, beginning in the 1950s. The way AMS evolved in its earliest days reveals something of who we are now and how we have been part of this...
The American Montessori Society, Inc
Editors' Note: This article originally appeared in the AMS teachers' journal, Constructive Triangle, May 1966.While few of its members may have consciously formulated its dynamic quest in the following way, the history of AMS has essentially been a search...
The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund and the Living Legacy: AMS Traditions
The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship FundDuring the 1988-1989 school year, Dottie Sweet Feldman, wishing to provide financial assistance to persons interested in becoming Montessori teachers and searching for an appropriate way to honor the memory of...
The Last Laugh
When she was about 2 years old, my great-niece visited me in my classroom. She played with the acrylic mini tower cubes (a clear, smaller version of the Pink Tower) several times. I later cleaned the tower's pieces and stacked them on a shelf, since...
Under the Brown Stair: The AMS Archives
In August 2009, 1 had the opportunity to visit the AMS archives, located at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. I am a member of the AMS Archives Committee, prompted to join by my love of history, paper...
What's New at AMS-And What's Next
This issue of Montessori Life is dedicated to AMS's 50th anniversary. My involvement in this 50-year history spans the past 5 years, from the time that I joined AMS as its executive director in January 2005 to the present.I want to share with you both...
Words from the 2010 AMS Living Legacy
In 1959, while attending Mount St. Mary's College in Brentwood, CA, I heard Nancy McCormick Rambusch speak. I was absolutely enthralled. I kept thinking that this approach was the most sensible method possible; right then and there, I decided that if...
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