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When We Steal the Struggle, We Steal the Victory

We must remember that the phenomenon of internal discipline is something which must be achieved, not something pre-existent. Our function is that of guides upon ...

Challenge: Interruptions

What is social life if not the solving of social problems, behaving properly and pursuing aims acceptable to all? (Montessori, 1988, p. 225) One of ...
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Act, Don’t Talk

“She must acquire a moral alertness which has not hitherto been demanded by any other system, and this is revealed in her tranquility, patience, charity, ...

Challenge: Dysregulation

  “Personal health is related to self-control and to the worship of life in all its natural beauty – control bringing with it happiness, renewed ...

Grace and Courtesy in a Post-Pandemic World

SEL or Grace and Courtesy Skills? Recently, I have been receiving several questions about SEL (social-emotional learning) programs as they relate to Grace and Courtesy ...

Challenge: Circle Behavior – Part II

The instructions of the teacher consist then merely in a hint, a touch-enough to give a start to the child. The rest develops of itself. ...

Challenge: Circle Behavior – Part I

By changing the center from the adult — and adult values — to the child, and his values, we should change the whole path of ...
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Getting on the Same Page

Now the adult himself is part of the child’s environment. ~ Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood Have you ever noticed how sensitive children are ...

How Do You Know It’s a Class Meeting?

An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, ...

Doing Nothing, Really?

General surveillance and individual teaching, given with precision, are two ways in which the teacher can help the child’s development.  In this period, she must ...

Saying No…and Saying Yes

If we are among the men of good will who yearn for peace, we must lay the foundation for peace ourselves, by working for the ...

The Art of Listening…Really Listening

There is a part of a child’s soul that has always been unknown but which must be known. With a spirit of sacrifice and enthusiasm ...
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