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Musings on My Muse

I have a muse.  His name is Charlie.  Charlie and I have issues. Don’t get me wrong – I love Charlie.  He’s a brilliant, articulate and humorous muse – a true inspiration for my often wilted brain.  He has breathed entire articles into my hungry ears, enticed me with clever blog posts, creative and dynamic workshop […]

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A Nice Encounter

Note:  This Facebook post received quite a number of comments so I thought I’d post it again on the Life Sightings blog. While out on a walk yesterday a middle-aged Hispanic man stopped me to ask directions to downtown. He said he had just hurt his hand and couldn’t work anymore that day. Sure enough, […]

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AMI Pedagogical Standards: AMI Trained Teacher

Montessori teachers (also referred to as Directoresses, Directors, or Guides) undergo rigorous training that includes theory, mastery of materials, observation, and practice teaching in their level of choice:  Infant/Toddler, Primary, Elementary, or Adolescent.  There are training centers located around the world, with courses usually scheduled for three consecutive summers or an academic year.

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Self Observation

As an AMI Primary Consultant, one of my most frequent recommendations to teachers was “observe your class”.  How else could they truly follow the children and offer appropriate activities and direction?   The same goes for each of us:  How can we truly know our next step in life unless we pay attention to what […]

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AMI Pedagogical Standards

Well, am back on the Consultation Trail!  Recently visited a Montessori school in the Boston area and will soon be headed to Virginia to visit another. As an AMI Primary Consultant, my task is to observe classes and meet with Guides and Heads of School to help them meet or maintain the Pedagogical Standards necessary […]

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A Taste of Montessori

It’s a beautiful Fall-like day here in Florida – finally!  And a good day to make soup.  My favorite recipe is “Open the refrigerator door and see what needs to be used before it spoils.”  I was inspired by a recipe I had seen in a magazine recently, but – alas – had none of […]

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