Teaching Montessori

What Makes a Great Montessori Teacher?

Recently, I received an email from a friend. He’s not in the teaching or education field, but he is doing some research about what makes a successful teacher. He told me that after searching my blog, he was unable to find a post that centers completely around this topic. Boy, was I embarrassed! It’s true; […]

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Soothing Work for Troubled Kids

Many children today have trouble adjusting to the pressures of schooling. Causes are varied: they can be external, like the loss of a loved one or an acrimonious divorce. Other causes are internal, as in the case of behavioral issues or learning disabilities. With many children, there is no obvious cause – just an anger […]

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10 Reasons To Be Glad You’re a Montessori Teacher

Here’s the last in a series of posts celebrating all of you – the parents and teachers who devote your time and energy to making sure that the kids in your care receive the best education possible. Montessori teachers, you spend countless hours preparing your classrooms, your presentations, and yourselves. The parents and children may […]

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10 Tips for Successful Classroom Management

One of the most difficult parts of Montessori education is managing a large classroom of multi-age children. It’s easy to stray in one direction or another: too much freedom, and the kids run wild; too much control, and the children don’t get to make their own choices. What is the best way to maintain a […]

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Starting the School Year Successfully – You Can Do It!

No matter how long you’ve been teaching, the first day of the new school year is always a little nerve-wracking. Even if some of your students are returning, some will be new – and there will be new work for everyone. Luckily, there are some easy things that you can prepare or have one hand […]

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7 Tips to Setting Up a Montessori Classroom

This is it! The countdown is beginning, laminators are heating up, and the difficult task of setting up the classroom for the new year is underway. While every classroom (home and school) will look different, there are a few guiding principles to keep in mind while putting together your environment. 1. See things from a […]

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Trial and Error in the Classroom and at Home

I get lots of questions from parents and teachers all around the world. Many times, the questions are related to Montessori theory or lessons, and there’s a definitive answer that can be given. But other times, the question is more of a, “Should I try this with my class?” “Would such-and-such material help my child?” […]

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Eight Tips for Fantastic Teacher Presentations

Ah, the presentation! Therein lies the magic of Montessori…that’s where the beautiful materials come alive for the children. It seems to be so simple, right? Just demonstrate pouring, or the checkerboard, or Parts of a Volcano. But it’s actually more complicated than it appears. It’s easy to say too much, or not enough, or forget […]

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Is Learning a Foreign Language Necessary?

Like many of you, I had long heard and read that children find it very easy to pick up foreign languages. In my own family, I had the example of my father – he was raised in an all-German speaking home, but when he went to school at the age of 6, he picked up […]

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Physical Science in Montessori

I’ve been pondering Physical Science* in the Montessori curriculum…or rather, the lack of it. We certainly do a fantastic job of covering Biology, Geography, and History, but when it comes to Physical Science there isn’t much to be found. Update: When I first wrote this blog post (back in 2007!) I had not yet made […]

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