ERIC Number: EJ1047138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 2
Joy in the Montessori Classroom
Ulrich, Tamara D.
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v26 n3 p44-45 Fall 2014
In this article, the author states that it is a delight to walk into a Montessori classroom to the hum of children engaged in a variety of activities, especially when there is an accompanying feeling of joy and happiness. In desiring the peaceful calm of the classroom, educators may inadvertently hinder the joy, enthusiasm, and imagination that are not only a part of childhood but something adults also would benefit from cultivating within themselves. Ulrich says that if one could step into the sparkly light-up sneakers of a 3-year-old, they would discover what a fascinating place the world is and that it is it is hard not to be excited! Educators are asked to step back for a moment to consider the perspective of the child--to consider allowing joy, enthusiasm, and imagination to be spontaneously expressed, while still maintaining the peace of the classroom. Gently, with joy, imagination, and creativity, as well as a large dose of humor, educators should embrace whatever life is delivering into the classroom and use it to flow right back into peace. In so doing, educators create a classroom where children and adults work together to maintain harmony and peacefulness.
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Psychological Patterns, Class Activities, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Creativity, Imagination, Child Behavior, Developmental Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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