Finding_the_right_sc - FINDING THE RIGHT SCHOOL Finding the Right School Why is there so much variation from one Montessori school to another How

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F INDING THE R IGHT S CHOOL 247 lthough most schools try to remain faithful to their under- standing of Dr. Montessori’s insights and research, they have all been influenced by the evolution of our culture and technology. Remem- ber, despite the impression many par- ents hold, the name Montessori refers to a method and philosophy, and it is neither a name protected by copy- right nor a central licensing or fran- chising program. In many parts of the world, anyone could, in theory, open a school and call it Montessori with no knowledge of how an authentic program is organ- ized or run. When this happens, it is both disturbing and embarrassing for those of us who know the difference. Many of these schools fail but often not before they harm the public’s per- ception of the integrity and effective- ness of Montessori as a whole. Often one sign of a school’s com- mitment to professional excellence is their membership in one of the professional Montessori societies, such as the Association Montessori Internationale or the American Mon- tessori Society. They, along with sev- eral other Montessori organizations, such as the International Montessori Council, also offer schools the op- portunity to become accredited as well. There are many other smaller Mon- tessori organizations as well, but the key is to remember that there is no requirement that a Montessori school be affiliated or accredited by any out- side organization. Quite a few Montessori schools choose to remain independent. What should we look for when we visit Montessori schools? The Montessori Learning Environment Montessori classrooms should be bright, warm, and inviting, filled with plants, animals, art, music, and books. Interest centers will be filled with intriguing learning materials, mathematical models, maps, charts, international and historical artifacts, a class library, an art area, a small natural-science museum, and animals that the children are raising. In an elemen- tary class, you will also normally find computers and scientific apparatus. You should not find rows of desks in a Montessori classroom, nor will there be a teacher’s desk and chalk board in the front of the room. The environment will be set up to facilitate student discus- sion and stimulate collaborative learning. Montessori classrooms will be organized into several curriculum areas, usually including: language arts (reading, literature, grammar, creative writing, spelling, and handwriting); mathematics and geometry; everyday living skills; sensory-awareness exercises and puzzles; geography, history, sci- ence, art, music, and movement. Most rooms will include a class- room library. Each area will be made up of one or more shelf units, cabinets, and display tables with a wide variety of materials on open display, ready for use as the children select them.
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2010 for the course BOUIZAN 352140 taught by Professor Scroeba during the Spring '10 term at Acton School of Business.

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