Montessori in the Classroom: A Teacher's Account of How by Paula Polk Lillard

By Paula Polk Lillard

What rather occurs within a Montessori school room? How do lecturers educate? How do teenagers examine? This interesting daily checklist of a yr within the lifetime of a Montessori school room solutions those questions by way of delivering an illuminating glimpse of the Montessori strategy in motion.

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They can accomplish all this because of earlier activities that developed their hand control and because they enjoyed, from their earliest years, free access to art materials at all times and in every classroom. Although their academic rigor is notable, what may be even more impressive is the degree of responsibility that the elementary children develop for their own learning. The students keep journals with them in their classroom throughout the day. They record their daily activities immediately after they have occurred, for example, “9:00 worked on my presidents’ report with Tom and Jane, 10:30 presentation on the Tilt of the Axis of the Earth with Mrs.

Above all, I maintain my high standards for the children’s behavior and remain consistent in my expectations of them. The children develop my trust in them, too, by the consistency with which they seek their own best development and knowledge of the world and themselves. To teach young children is to have one’s faith in human nature constantly rekindled. TWO Class Life I have emphasized the beginning weeks of class life because they are the essential ones. The entire year will stand or fall on how well I manage them.

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. , New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House Of Canada Limited, Toronto. , New York. , New York, as Children Learning in 1980. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lillard, Paula Polk. Montessori in the classroom : a teacher’s account of how children really learn/Paula Polk Lillard; foreword by Jerome Bruner; with a new introduction by the author. p. cm. Rev. ed. of: Children learning. 1980.

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