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November 16, 2019

"The vision of the teacher should be at once precise like that of the scientist, and spiritual like that of the saint. The preparation for science and the preparation for sanctity should form a new soul, for the attitude of the teacher should be at once positive, scien...

November 14, 2019

It's November... about eight weeks or so into most classroom's academic year, and the time when we start to think of the environments settling in. The tears of the first few days of school may be less often. Hopefully, by now, the children have practiced rolling their...

November 13, 2019

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand 
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.”
 - William Blake

Sometimes we catch it: a child intently staring at a flower bud or absorbed in the way the light comes through the tree...

October 5, 2019

As Montessori teachers, we define our service to the children as encompassing roles farther than just those in the classroom. If we are truly serving children, we need also to advocate for them outside of our prepared environments, as parent educators, community educat...

October 4, 2019

Montessori was deeply concerned with the nature of development in adolescence, and the disparity between the expectations of formal school settings and the needs of learners at this age. In this Third Plane of Development, from 12-18 years old, learners are moving thro...

October 3, 2019

Remember what distinguishes the Second Plane of Development, that window from six to twelve years old. Moving out of the "construction of the individual" that marks zero to six, children in the Second Plane are capable of more abstract thinking, of moral reasoning and...

October 2, 2019

A core tenet of Montessori is that children are free to move. We understand that the child's developing mind is influenced by their interactions with the environment around them, and that movement is necessarily entangled with the child's ability to make sense of the w...

September 30, 2019

Montessori identified a number of "Sensitive Periods," times when children's development motivated them toward an interest in particular qualities or dispositions. The Sensitive Period to Movement is one. 

The Sensitive Period to Movement is evident from the first momen...

September 28, 2019

We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. 

- Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential 

The children evoke every possible emotion from us: love, heartache, frustr...

September 27, 2019

By the time learners reach adolescence, their ability to take on the perspective of another person is well-developed. When you add this to the emerging sense of their own identities and their strong commitment to social justice, the Third Plane is an ideal opportunity...

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