Building the Pink Tower at AMS Conference
I slipped into the back of the auditorium and immediately felt the energy in the room. The first day of the Montessori Social Justice conference was a training in anti-racism, anti-bias offered by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training and supported by AMS. It was afternoon, and usually a low energy time of day – after lunch, in a cool, dark auditorium on a summer day. I had stepped outside to take a phone call and a walk around the block in the warm sun. Read More.
As a parent, one of the things I learned early on from my children’s Montessori school was the importance of observation in the Montessori method. On my first visit to a classroom I was instructed to quietly go to a chair in the corner of the room and simply sit and silently observe. I was not to interact with children, except to nod politely. In an elementary classroom, I could respond graciously to an offer of tea. The children hardly noticed me, but as I became comfortable with my own stillness and quiet, I noticed them more fully. Read More.
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