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.
We had a multi-purpose visit to Dallas several weeks ago and we are still processing all that we learned. First, we attended the annual American Montessori Society (AMS) conference which provided an incredible opportunity to connect with multiple educators and leaders working to make Montessori education more accessible to children everywhere. Then, we visited two innovative Montessori programs in the Dallas area. Read More.
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