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Brandl, Dave; Croke, Bill – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
Ukuleles are becoming more widespread in Montessori classrooms. In this article, the authors answer questions teachers may have about having a uke in their classroom, such as: "How do I start?" "Where would I buy an instrument?" "What do I look for?" "What's it going to cost?" "How long will it…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Montessori Method, Music Activities, Integrated Activities
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Mallett, Jan; Johnston, Luz Casquejo; Christensen, Olivia; Saylor, Laura – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
The purpose of this article is to describe scholarly research to the degree that when something labeled "research" is encountered in daily life, the reader will be equipped to discern its credibility. Specifically, the article addresses the following questions: (1) What exactly is "research"?; (2) What distinguishes scholarly…
Descriptors: Research Skills, Credibility, Montessori Method, Research
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Jensen, Marc – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
Many people are unduly intimidated by the thought of teaching probability. At its most basic level, probability revolves around being able to predict whether a future event is certain, possible, or impossible. These basic concepts grow and develop into a more mathematical understanding of likelihood as children learn to quantify that…
Descriptors: Prediction, Probability, Mathematics Education, Educational Games
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Anderson, Adrienne – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
How do educators begin the journey of decolonizing--replacing solely Western interpretations of history with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) perspectives, and restoring BIPOC culture and traditional ways--when the entire educational system was built to support, affirm, and uphold white supremacy (Indigenous Corporate Training, Inc.,…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Racial Bias, Social Justice
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Bagnoli, David C. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
Multiage, child-size, and accessible, the Montessori classroom provides a prepared environment that maximizes self-regulated activity. Designed to be intuitive and conducive to children's development at multiple developmental planes, the classroom nurtures each child's growing independence. Ideally, the principles underlying the Montessori…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Discovery Learning, Personal Autonomy
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Namuddu, Betty – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
Africa is rich in natural resources and magnificent flora and fauna; it is also a place full of kind and hospitable people and as diverse in cultures and traditions as any other continent. The author was born in Uganda, in East Africa, and lived there until 2008, when she relocated to the United States to join her husband, a university professor.…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Foreign Countries, African Culture
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Proctor, Candace – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
Creating socially just, anti-biased environments begins, not surprisingly, with the individuals who lead children. The NAEYC publication "Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves," by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, provides a road map that can be used to begin this work. Building an anti-biased practice, one…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Diversity, Bias, Equal Education
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Clark, Koren – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
This article is a conversation with Juliet King, EdD, the AMS 2022 Living Legacy. Dr. King began her career in South Florida some five decades ago, teaching in Miami-Dade County when public schools were beginning to desegregate. She transferred to an inner-city school with a Title I Montessori program; this was her first introduction to the…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, History, Racial Discrimination
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Oesting, Tammy – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
As an expression of personal and group identity, recognizing holidays conveys to others what teachers and their school value. Each child constructs a complex identity through experiences with their environment, "including" the holidays observed and valued by their family and broader culture. When a school community represents a child's…
Descriptors: Holidays, Cultural Background, Equal Education, Self Concept
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Mann, Claudia – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2021
Montessori was very specific about the value of observation. Observation may feel like a never-ending chore--a routine that is difficult to fit into the day that results in data that is difficult to use once collected. No matter the reason, observation can inspire feelings of discomfort, inadequacy, and confusion. Viewed from this perspective,…
Descriptors: Observation, Montessori Method, Classroom Techniques
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Mandolini, Francesco – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2020
Francesco Mandolini examines the feminist history of Maria Montessori's birthplace, Chiaravalle, Italy, and how it shaped her as an educator. In 1870, when Maria Montessori was born, Chiaravalle was a small town of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. Founded by the Cistercian monks, in the 11th century, it had an abbey. Chiaravalle look like a lot of…
Descriptors: Environmental Influences, Feminism, Civil Rights, Foreign Countries
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Hammons, Michelle – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2020
In this article, the author reflects on a trip to Italy where she visited Dr. Montessori's birthplace in Chiaravalle.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Educational History
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Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2020
This article provides photographs, quotes, and a timeline that traces Maria Montessori's legacy.
Descriptors: Biographies, Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Early Childhood Education
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Stevenson, Sandra Maria – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2020
As an assistant editor in the Photography department at the New York Times, the author manages a team of seven visual editors who assign photographers to stories all over the globe. Recently, one of her team members approached her to let her know that the amount of violence he was subjected to was having an effect on his mental state. It made the…
Descriptors: Trauma, Violence, Coping, Montessori Schools
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Povell, Phyllis – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2020
In the summer of 1950, teenagers Elvira Businelli and Delfina Tomassini embarked upon a teacher training course at the Italian university for foreigners, in Perugia, Italy--taught by Maria Montessori. Kn 2020, Elvira and Delfina, now in their 80s, spoke with Montessori Life in the interview presented in this article about their recollections of…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Teacher Education Programs, Foreign Students, Teacher Attitudes
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