“Montessori” is not a method of education but a way to support the optimum development, the highest potential, of human beings at all stages of life, from birth, through the school years, and even into old age. It has been practiced for over 100 years all over the world. This work is truly universal in scope and success.
My own Montessori work includes school consulting with parents and teachers, for infants through high school; speaking; giving workshops; being an AMI oral examiner; and writing books.
Above is a picture of us Montessori teachers sharing wisdom and experience at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) in Dharamsala, India, in 2002.
Those things which occupy us in the field of education are the interests of humanity at large, and of civilization. before such great forces we can recognize only one country—the entire world. —Maria Montessori (The Montessori Method)
2016, With the middle school students
during a consultation with a Montessori School in Hawaii.
USING MONTESSORI IDEAS IN A TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM
in 1978 I was hired to “bring Montessori to Colegio San Silvestre, a girls school in Lima, Peru. School principal Topi Conroy and I laughed as we searched through the storage room for Montessori materials and found only a set of base 8 math materials. Never daunted, I began to teach a group of young girls the required English and math (in English) during the morning, a Peruvian teacher identical subjects in Spanish (in Spanish) in the afternoon. Often the two of us would share our lunches and try to speak in the other’s language while the girls sat with us and laughed at our meager attempts. Our class was much calmer and quieter, and parents reported that the girls were more excited about coming to school. The head of the lower school, “Steve” Eckford, asked me to teach the other teachers what I was doing since the changes had nothing to do with Montessori teaching materials—there were none. I was asked to write an paper for the other teachers at other levels of rhe school. It was clear that I was doing something different. This article has been helpful to many over the years.
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CHILD DEVELOPMENT VIDEO CLIPS
Many of my workshops and talks include video clips of children I have taken over the years. These give insight into the development of the whole body, the hand, language, and independence, especially during the first three years of life.
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All of these wonderful opportunities have enriched the experience I have had as a teacher, and many of the things I share as a speaker and consultant have been recorded in my books. Several of the books have been translated into other languages but the English versions are available on Amazon
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They are also available from the publisher with bulk discounts for schools, training centers, and parenting groups
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SPEAKING AND CONSULTING
After earning a degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University, my Montessori teacher training began at the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center in London in 1970. Since then I have earned the AMI 0-3 and 6-12 diplomas and worked with children of all ages. Inspired by years of teaching that were successful and fun because of this training, I delight in helping groups of people who do not have AMI training take their next step in understanding Montessori, and working with children at any level. This international work is planned between one and two years ahead.