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. 24, No. 2, Summer

A 21st-Century Album
After 10 years of teaching in traditional schools, I pursued a master's degree in Library and Information Science. I had the joy and privilege of participating in a dynamic educational experience that fully embraced the learning process. My professors...
A Letter to Montessori Teachers
My time as a college student is rapidly approaching its conclusion, and it is during this time that I optimistically look toward my future of higher education, pursuing an MA and then a PhD in Psychology in order to fulfill my dream of helping others....
AMS 2013 Living Legacy Honoree
The AMS 2013 Living Legacy is Dr. Joyce Pickering. Joyce is executive director emerita at Shelton School and Evaluation Center, Dallas, TX, the world's largest private school for children with learning differences. A longtime Montessorian and member...
Bringing Balance to Our Lives
In many cultures, the beginning of a new year is a time for self-reflection and planning, including resolutions for actions that will improve one's state of being. For educators, the time for reflection often comes in the hiatus when one school year...
Building a School, Creating Peace: Victoria Montessori
Over 10 years ago, my husband, Tony, and I traveled to Entebbe, Uganda, to work on a Rotary International microfinance project for women. There we met Lawino Christine Kijange, wife of Rotarían Olanya Joseph Okwonga. Through our discussions, Christine,...
Montessori Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Twelve years ago, we slid across the millennial threshold into the muchanticipated 21st century. We did so with optimism, hope, anticipation, and a reasonable measure of angst. Beyond the initial relief (computer systems held fast and the apocalypse...
Montessori Milestones
DISSERTATION AND THESIS AWARDSThe American Montes sori Society offers annual awards for graduatelevel work (for outstanding doctoral dissertations and master's theses) that furthers the public understanding of Montessori education.This year's winners...
Moving toward Greater Collaboration
Recently, I was asked about what I thought stimulated organizations to collaborate. From my experience, organizations and individuals are compelled to collaborate when they (1) face a daunting threat or crisis or (2) see an opportunity to have a major...
Order, Organization & Beauty in the Classroom: A Prerequisite, Not an Option
Visiting Montessori classrooms is a source of inspiration and information for the work I do in supporting and advocating for Montessori education. This is my full-time work, and it involves an ongoing study of Dr. Montessori's writings, as well as visiting...
The Child Whisperer
Unquestionably, Maria Montessori's insights into child development were both innate and learned, derived from her many years of working with children. Her work, practices, philosophy, and passion have staying power that, so far, spans a century and are...
The Educational Landscape: The Best Schools and Montessori Education
Finland, or to be more specific, Finland's educational system, is getting much attention these days in the popular press as well as in more erudite publications. A quick Google search indicates that this interest in the Finns' approach to educating children...
The Last Laugh :)
I invite my students to bring a treasured object for "Show and Tell" at the end of the day each Friday. At a recent sharing, a second-grader proudly displayed a flip-top cell phone and said to the class, 'This is a cell phone my dad got in 1999, way...
The Need for Precision
Dear Montessori Teachers,First, let me apologize for addressing you as "teachers." All of you should stand up in protest. Probably not one of you will. But it is not your fault. We have become accustomed to the imprecision of language, though imprecise...