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By Andy Lulka, December 2020 My favourite aspect of education is the expansion of perspectives, and my favourite element of Montessori professional development is supporting adults in shifting paradigms around education and childhood. Curating the Montessori Everywhere Challenge Pavilion with Barbara Isaacs, whose work in this area I have long admired, was a dream come … Continue reading Community

The Child

Re-watching the panel discussion focusing on ‘The Child’ from the Montessori Everywhere day of celebrations,  I was  inspired by the global perspectives and the challenging questions posed by KimAnh Nguyen Anderson to the panellists:  Trisha Moquino (New Mexico),  Dr Laura Flores Shaw (USA) and Gabriel Salomao (Brazil). The well informed, thoughtful and respectful responses provoked … Continue reading The Child

The World is on Fire

Australia is alight. Brazil is burning. Indonesia ignites. The cinders of California swirl around tech giants and people on their knees smouldering with defiance. The world is on fire. During these ‘unprecedented times’, we are frequently reminded of the need to ‘build back better’, improve our ‘resilience’, and overcome our ‘vulnerabilities’. However, perhaps now more … Continue reading The World is on Fire

“There is nothing which makes you learn more than teaching someone else, especially when you don’t know the subject very well”

(Montessori, 1989:69) As always the Bookclub reading has stimulated new ways of thinking. Montessori’s lecture given in India in 1942 entitled “Montessori's ‘Alternative Comprehensive School’: On the Principles of the Montessori School” and published in The Child, Society and the World affords us a glimpse at her thinking on what Montessori  schools have to offer … Continue reading “There is nothing which makes you learn more than teaching someone else, especially when you don’t know the subject very well”