I chose Montessori because of its individualized approach and how joyfully the children learn.
The lesson I most enjoy giving is the phonetic object box.
If I could spend one week anywhere in the world, I would go to Bora Bora.
I chose Montessori because the first time I walked into a Montessori classroom and was given a tour and introduction to the educational philosophy, I immediately wanted to know more! After college I knew I didn't want to teach in a traditional style school, I came upon Montessori and have never looked back.
The lessons I most enjoy giving in class are grace and courtesy. They are given daily and are essential to the cohesiveness of our classroom community. Our children will not thrive in an environment without respect for others, self-expression, confidence and the ability to solve conflict peacefully.
If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would go to Cinque Terre, Italy.
I chose Montessori because I was looking for an educational system that develops the whole person. After spending several years in non-profit management, I realized that many children were not learning life skills or how to develop a strong sense of self. These children were becoming adults with many life struggles. I feel Montessori helps children to gain the skills necessary to live a fruitful life. Also, how can we resist the beautiful and engaging materials? It is truly a joyful way to learn!
The lesson I most enjoy giving in class is Racks and Tubes. I love how the material beautifully displays the mathematical process and the children notice patterns as they emerge. The careful sequence allows them to practice subtraction and multiplication as they move toward abstraction.
If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would go to Yei, South Sudan. I would like to see my former students, who are now adults attending college and starting families. I am so proud of each one of them!
I chose to become a Montessori teacher after nearly 20 years of teaching in traditional classrooms. I had observed all the ways my students did not communicate, did not build or exercise social skills and did not pursue their work for the sheer joy of learning. I had just completed a masters program in environmental education. I knew that one criterion was establishing a constructivist methodology in a curriculum where subjects were interconnected. I had never really heard of Montessori. After reading Paula Polk Lillard’s Montessori Today I realized that Montessori’s methods satisfied all the criteria of an excellent education, not to mention an excellent profession.
Choosing my favorite lesson is like choosing my favorite flavor of ice cream. I’ll take five different flavors if I can get away with it. That’s one thing I enjoy about my job: I get to teach geometry, music, math, history…I get to watch students discover tetrahedrons, produce beautiful art and write inspired poetry. I can’t choose just one!
If I hopped on a plane tomorrow for any destination in the world, it might be Istanbul, or the Alps, or Fez or Glasgow. I’m an explorer and I love cities with lots of human history or places with easy-to-see geologic history. I also love beautiful outdoor spaces. I tend to avoid dense crowds, and combined heat and humidity.
I chose Montessori because I had worked in other environments and the minute I walked into a Montessori classroom I knew the principles were true! As I investigated further, the tenets were aligned with my own beliefs and value system.
The lessons I most enjoy giving are those on squaring because it is so beautiful, exciting and engaging.
If I could spend a week anywhere in the world it would probably be in Scotland. This is the home of my maternal grandparents and I have always wanted to visit.
I chose Montessori because I liked the freedom it offered for my child. I was drawn to the prepared environment. I love the order and didactic materials. It makes sense!
The lessons I most enjoy giving in class are numerous. I love when I give a lesson and the children seem to, as if by magic, come up with an instantaneous plan for some great work they will do to follow-up. I love it when they tell me it was the best lesson they’ve ever had. I have gone through stages of loving one lesson or another, probably depending on the level of my confidence. I love the geometry lessons and the tie to history and etymology. I wish I could tell you that just one lesson is my favorite, but truly so many are so much fun to give.
If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would go to the Mediterranean. I am interested in the cultures, art, architecture, food and geography of the region.
My husband and I decided Montessori was the best educational choice for our children. Of greatest importance to us was how it honors the whole child, emphasis is not on results of continuous high stakes testing or grades. Although there is academic rigor, the importance of social-emotional development and wellness are not neglected. Additionally, children gain a life long love of learning by participating in project-based, authentic learning experiences. As a teacher for many years in traditional schools, I have seen the difference first hand. I feel extremely fortunate to be working at Mountain View Montessori and to be a part of something I believe in.
I enjoy seeing the students light up during hands-on science lab work.
If I could go anywhere in the world I would relax on a serene tropical island.
My oldest daughter started attending Montessori as a primary student and I became fascinated with the materials. Learning Math and language made so much sense! I decided I wanted to be part of this wonderful learning environment.
I love teaching Spanish but mostly I love seeing how these absorbent minds are perfect for learning a second language.
If I could spend a week anywhere in the world, I would go to South America and hike the ruins of Machu Picchu and explore the Galapagos Islands.