Some Thoughts on Aging

After so many years of working with pre-schoolers as a teacher, then with young adults as a consultant and life coach, I suddenly found myself the other day scheduling an event for residents at my neighborhood Assisted Living Center. My first thought was, “Wow, how did I end up HERE?” But I do know how […]

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Looks Can Be Deceiving

While out on a walk the other day (yes, I do walk a lot!), I did a double-take when, there across the street, stood what appeared to be a Headless Boy.  Huh?  Had I entered Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone? For an instant it seemed that way…….. His body had the look of a toddler’s and […]

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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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