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Discipline Alternatives: For The Montessori Classroom & Home

Discipline Alternatives: For The Montessori Classroom & Home

“The undisciplined child enters into discipline by working in the company of others; not being told he is naughty … Discipline is, therefore, primarily a learning experience and less a punitive experience if appropriately dealt with.” —Maria Montessori Teachers spend years learning to create an atmosphere in Montessori classrooms that embody the wisdom of Dr. […]

Webcast: Democratic Principles in Montessori Schools

Webcast: Democratic Principles in Montessori Schools

  On November 8, 2017 Sharon Caldwell, Senior Montessori Consultant in South Africa explored the important topic of giving children a greater voice and sense of shared decision-making and ownership at both the classroom and school-wide level in Montessori. We remember that Montessori speaks often about the children’s sense of pride in the care of […]

Some Thoughts on Staff Interactions

Some Thoughts on Staff Interactions

t The Montessori Foundation, we regularly receive queries regarding policies for relationships between staff and parents. Many school heads express concerns over issues ranging from staff being “friends” with parents on Facebook, to babysitting for school families, to … in some cases, actual romantic involvements. The issues span those which are merely internal or personal […]

Evaluating & Reporting on Student Progress in a Montessori School

Evaluating & Reporting on Student Progress in a Montessori School

“Here is the essential principle of education: to teach details is to bring confusion; to establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge.”— Maria Montessori, Childhood to Adolescence he Montessori curriculum is carefully structured and sequenced, and teachers maintain careful records of each child’s progress. Because Montessori Schools do not compare students against arbitrary […]

Understanding Curriculum: Why It Is Important To Have an Understanding  of Curriculum Theory in the Montessori Context

Understanding Curriculum: Why It Is Important To Have an Understanding of Curriculum Theory in the Montessori Context

There is widespread confusion about the meaning of the word “curriculum.” ne’s approach to curriculum reflects one’s perceptions, values, and knowledge. A curriculum approach reflects a holistic position or a meta-orientation, encompassing curriculum’s foundations (a person’s philosophy, view of history, view of psychology and learning theory, and view of social issues), curriculum domains (common, important […]

Our ‘Live-In’ Experience / Bogor Montessori / Indonesia

Our ‘Live-In’ Experience / Bogor Montessori / Indonesia

  i! We are the secondary students of Bogor Montessori School, the first Secondary Montessori school in Indonesia. We would like to share our ‘Live-In’ experience in Jogjakarta. Every academic year, we have a ‘Live-In’ program. During a Live In, the students stay in a house and follow the routines of our foster parents according […]

Kalimantan / International Secondary Studies

Kalimantan / International Secondary Studies

Introduction:  Why would Montessori Leadership be publishing two articles by middle and high school students? These articles grew out of discussions I had with the students of two schools in Indonesia: Jakarta Montessori School and Bogor Montessori School. I was in Indonesia for a Conference hosted by the Indonesian Montessori Society and met the students […]

Understanding Curriculum: Why It Is Important To Have an Understanding  of Curriculum Theory in the Montessori Context

Variations In Implementation Fidelity In Montessori Education

ontessori is not a brand. Many studies, particularly those aimed at evaluating the efficacy of Montessori education as compared to conventional schooling, discuss Montessori as if it were a single, unified methodology and curriculum (Murray, 2010). Other researchers recognize that Montessori is not a homogeneous system and cite the variations in fidelity of implementation as […]

Understanding Curriculum: Why It Is Important To Have an Understanding  of Curriculum Theory in the Montessori Context

The Adult In The Montessori Prepared Enviroment

The “Spiritual Preparation” of the Adult aria Montessori saw the role of the adult in educating the child as something fundamentally different to the conventional role of the teacher. She postulated that: “… a prejudice has found its way into the adult—the notion that life can be changed or improved only though teaching. This prejudice […]

No More Packed School Lunches

No More Packed School Lunches

lipping the pattern of thinking, so that meal preparation, meal-time, and cleanup are essential lessons in Practical Life and Grace and Courtesy Often, school meals, along with the associated cooking and cleaning, are regarded as an intrusion on the school day. What is required is to flip this pattern of thinking over, to see meal […]

Some Thoughts on Parent-Staff Interaction

Some Thoughts on Parent-Staff Interaction

  t the Montessori Foundation we regularly receive queries regarding policies for relationships between staff and parents. Many school heads express concerns over issues ranging from staff being ‘friends’ with parents on Facebook to babysitting for school families, to (in some cases) actual romantic involvements. The issues span those which are merely internal or personal […]

Understanding Curriculum: Why It Is Important To Have an Understanding  of Curriculum Theory in the Montessori Context

The Montessori School for the Animals – A Parable

nce upon a time, a group of parents decided to get together and start a Montessori School. They searched far and wide for a teacher and eventually decided to employ an Owl, she was well trained but in addition had spent some time traveling and had an understanding of animals in diverse situations.Furthermore, she had […]