June 1, 2020

My heart is heavy and I have few words today. Other people's voices should be amplified instead. Learn about their efforts. If the events of this past weekend have not affected you personally, use the security of your position to bring change. 

We are more than teachers...

May 29, 2020

You are not a superhero. 

Let me repeat that: you are not a superhero. 

None of us is. 

Not even Montessori herself. Even when our intentions are noble. Even when we seek to serve the child before we preserve our own pride. Even when we work long hours and prepare all wee...

May 28, 2020

What makes you a teacher? Is it your content knowledge? Your expertise? Your deep understanding of the concepts of your discipline? In many spaces, yes. Teaching is measured by our ability to answer questions correctly, to understand complicated ideas and to convey the...

May 27, 2020

“The mysterious difficulties of human destiny.” Montessori doesn’t detail for us what they are, but we could likely build a list longer than the history of childhood if we wanted to. These days, it seems like the “mysterious difficulties of human destiny”are more viole...

May 25, 2020

Our first goal as Montessori teachers is to prepare environments within which children no longer notice our presence. So, how come this work can feel so exhausting so much of the time? Shouldn't we be increasingly blending into the background, disappearing as the child...

May 22, 2020

“The three degrees of obedience,” sounds like a honeymoon to many adults. You mean there’s an entire chapter about how to get our children to do what we want them to? Well, yes. And no. It’s not that easy. 

Montessori describes both the ways in which children can comply...

May 21, 2020

What are the qualities of the Montessori materials? They are didactic, with a singular, isolated concept for the child to master. They are elegant, presenting the simplest and most beautiful experience of that concept. And they are self-correcting, allowing the child t...

May 20, 2020

Think about all the lessons of Practical Life. There’s a “Montessori way” to do everything, it seems, from how to carry a chair to how to greet a visitor, and even, as this chapter shows, how to blow your nose. We can get stuck on these lessons sometimes... we’ve spent...

May 19, 2020

Imagine it: you’re at your work, fully absorbed in the task in front of you. Your attention is focused on your project. You’ve finally hit a pace and you’re getting it done. And the phone rings.

What happens to your work? For most adults, getting interrupted from our wo...

May 18, 2020

“Sublimation,” meaning, “the purification or refinement, ennoblement,” or “the diversion of a biological impulsed from its more immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral or aesthetic nature or use.” In the original Latin, it is the combination of words m...

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