In our frenetic lives, we have little time to read Montessori’s writings and lose touch with the gems shared with us in her work as we get overwhelmed by our daily work with the children.
A small group of us has been meeting to discuss Montessori’s writing as we feel this an important part of our professional development. By revisiting our roots we have an opportunity to reignite our passion for Montessori and also critically reflect on her writing and its relevance today. We are keen to extend the group because we have realised that whilst we share in the Montessori legacy, our understanding of her work very much follows the unique journey each one of us makes as a teacher, trainer and parent.
There is huge value in sharing in our voices to ensure that the authentic “voice of the child” is heard. It is particularly important in today’s world when we have an opportunity to influence the path of education for the benefit in children, communities and society. We see the book club as a chance to articulate our understanding of the essence of Montessori pedagogy.
Join us as we continue our monthly sessions where we explore and reflect on Montessori’s writing.
After the summer, we will read Maria Montessori’s 1913 Rome Lectures as we wish to return to and reflect on Montessori’s earliest writing. We will start with the chapter on the ‘Social Conditions of the Child’ on 21 September.
|Tuesday 21 Sept||7 pm (BST)||Maria Montessori, 1913 Rome Lectures, ‘The Social Conditions of the Child’|
|Tuesday 2 Nov||7 pm (UTC)||Maria Montessori, 1913 Rome Lectures|
In this second session, we will read in The 1913 Rome Lectures:
– Course Programme and Guide on Methods of Observation and Study
– The Biographical Chart and Anthropological Observations
In The Advanced Montessori Method Vol. I
– Curve of Work
|Tuesday 7 Dec||7 pm (UTC)||Maria Montessori, 1913 Rome Lectures (reading to be confirmed)|
In this third session, we will read in The 1913 Rome Lectures:
– The Biological Concept of Freedom
– Freedom in the School Environment, Didactic Material and Teacher
– How to Give a Lesson