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What A Montessori Teacher Needs To Be

What A Montessori Teacher Needs To Be

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Dr. Maria Montessori’s Education for a New World (re-printed 1989 by Clio Press). Please note that there are some nuances and terms that might, today, be considered ‘politically incorrect.’ However, the spirit behind her words is clearly as relevant today as it was when she wrote it so […]

Hiring New Staff: Finding the Right Match

Hiring New Staff: Finding the Right Match

uccessful Montessori schools know what the right teacher would look like, they know how to recruit them, and they know how to retain them over the years. An organization is no better than the people who work there. This is equally true for a school as it is for any other type of business. The […]

The Light of India: A Twinkle in the Eye

The Light of India: A Twinkle in the Eye

have been told I need to meet Raji teacher. Before I know it, an older woman ushers me into a small red car and we careen down the back alleys of Chennai, India. We arrive at a garden-level flat, where two grinning women in earthy silk saris and jasmine flowers dangling from their hair greet […]

Why Boards Micro-Manage and How to Get Them to Stop

Why Boards Micro-Manage and How to Get Them to Stop

f we were to ask organizational leaders for their top three complaints about boards, micro management would absolutely make that list. Both board members and CEOs talk about board micromanagement as if it were the weather —they complain about it, but they assume there is not much they can do about it. Unlike the weather, […]

Finding the Best Fit tor Parents

Finding the Best Fit tor Parents

hat I found over the years is that most people will tell you what you want to hear. To find those families that were the best fit for my school, I took a tip from Elvis Presley. Elvis’ business manager, Colonel Tom Parker, required every venue that asked Elvis to perform to deliver a matchbook […]

Top 5 Reasons Montessorians Should Embrace Online Record Keeping

Top 5 Reasons Montessorians Should Embrace Online Record Keeping

“Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.” —Dr. Maria Montessori hile embracing change is not always easy, it is a vital component of our continued growth as individuals. Fortunately, technology has made it easier than ever to embrace change based on real-world data. Want to track the food you eat? […]

The Work of Education

The Work of Education

had an experience in my classroom that is a potent reminder of what is possible to bring out in children when they are taught to show considerate behavior, and given the guidance, safety, and structure needed to voice their feelings and engage in respectful, honest, and constructive dialogue. This particular discussion was focused on taking […]

The Generosity of Children

The Generosity of Children

he kindergartners stood in a circle on the grass in the park one brisk afternoon, leaving the slides and monkey bars empty. Curious, their teachers approached and heard them softly singing one of their gentle, circle time songs from class. Drawing closer, they realized the children encircled a dead bird. One child said later, “We wanted to sing […]

The Joyful Child: Montessori Global  Wisdom  for Birth to Three

The Joyful Child: Montessori Global Wisdom for Birth to Three

The Joyful Child: Montessori Global Wisdom for Birth to Three (Michael Olaf, 2013) is Susan Mayclin Stephenson’s latest book. Susan draws on her extensive experience working with children in different cultures and socioeconomic contexts around the world, combined with deep insight into the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of the Montessori approach. he book begins with […]

Montessori for a Prince

Montessori for a Prince

t was July 24, 2013. All of us at The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado, were working hard to prepare students for the oral examiners soon to arrive from abroad. But we couldn’t help but follow the news of the birth of the new royal baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Finally, the […]

Snapshot: Topic of the Month – BULLYING

Snapshot: Topic of the Month – BULLYING

t is unusual for Montessorians to discuss the subject of bullying; in fact, in our well-prepared peace environments and community conscious classrooms, bullying is rarely an issue. However, it seems that more and more scenarios that would fit within the definition of bullying are cropping up in our elementary and upper school environments. The following […]

Living a Double Life

Living a Double Life

Career Confessions & Fond Hopes of a Montessori Educator and ADR Specialist confess. I’ve been living a double life for a long time. Since early in my career, begun almost forty years ago, I’ve had one foot in the Montessori world and the other in the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) world, yet I’ve still managed […]

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