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Smith, Olynda – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2014
When the author tells someone who does not do yoga that she is a yoga teacher, she often hears that they could not possibly do yoga. The most common reasons they give for this are: "I am really not flexible! I really don't like stretching!" and "Oh, but I wouldn't be any good at yoga!" Smith explains that, contrary to…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Physical Activities, Health Related Fitness, Metacognition
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Smith, Olynda – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2013
"The real preparation for education is a study of one's self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than a learning of ideas. It includes the training of character, it is a preparation of the spirit."--Maria Montessori". It is common knowledge among Montessorians that spiritual preparation was…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Teacher Education, Educational Philosophy, Holistic Approach
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Powell, Mark – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2011
This article presents edited transcripts of separate Skype conversations with Richard Ungerer, AMS executive director, in his office at AMS headquarters in New York and Andre Roberfroid, president of AMI, at his home in Vetraz-Monthoux, France. It also presents a discussion of the ways the two organizations can join forces to strengthen the…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Foreign Countries, Montessori Method, Cooperation
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Gravel, Douglas – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2010
In this article, the author shares some of his recollections around the birth of the American Montessori Society (AMS), beginning in the 1950s. He explains the way AMS evolved in its earliest days which reveals something of who its members are now and how they have been part of the 50-year journey. He adds that by recounting the past, members of…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, National Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations
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Cusack, Ginny – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2008
Ukraine had been under Soviet domination for 75 years. Its institutions, including its educational system, were guided by rules established in Moscow. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the country had opportunities to reinvent itself. In this article, the author discusses the Ukrainian Montessori Project, a successful partnership between…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Partnerships in Education, Educational Change, International Educational Exchange
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Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2007
This article presents an interview with Montessorians, namely Vicki Dimmer, Dottie Feldman, and Patti Tepper-Rasmussen. In an interview, these Montessorians discuss how they become involved with Montessori education and describe their involvement in Montessori over the years. They also discuss the impact of their Montessori training on their…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Interviews, Personal Narratives
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Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2007
This article presents an interview with Montessorians, namely Chandra Fernando, Ellen Selvidge, Sonnie McFarland, and Donna Kaiser. In an interview, these Montessorians discuss how they become involved with Montessori education and describe their involvement in Montessori over the years. They also discuss the impact of their Montessori training on…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Personal Narratives, Interviews
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Wolf, Aline D. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2006
In this article, Aline Wolf discusses the challenges of teaching elementary reading at present time. She also raises her concern not only about the declining of reading skills, but also about the declining number of books that students actually read which creates a dilemma for teachers. She believes that the Montessori community must give priority…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Reading Skills
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Whitescarver, Keith; Cossentino, Jacqueline – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2006
Though Montessorians have existed in the United States for nearly a century, a distinctly American version of the system did not begin to take hold until the late 1950s. What was referred to at the time as the "second spring" was actually a remarkable moment not just for Montessori education, but also for American culture at large. For…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Educational History, Educational Development, Montessori Schools
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Povell, Phyllis – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2005
Fall of 2005 marks the 12th anniversary of Nancy McCormick Rambusch's death. As the founder of the American Montessori Society and as its first president, Rambusch reintroduced Maria Montessori to America at a time--1960--when education for the young was floundering, and a second look at the Montessori method, which had changed the early childhood…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Historical Interpretation, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education