Musings on Montessori and life from a teacher/guide/directress
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Empathy in Action
Last week, I overheard this conversation: "I feel like nobody likes me, " states one girl. "Why do you feel that way?" asks another. "I don't know." A third girl says, "It seems like you need a hug." "Group hug!" they exclaim. Everyone then goes back to their work. I don't care how many tests these girls score 100% on, or how many times they win sporting events--the perfection of this exchange tops all of that. In its essence, this is how education prepares a child for life.
I am a Montessori teacher who just completed my 10th year. I feel lucky to have found a calling that incorporates so many of my interests: music, theater, art, literature, and sports. I adore singing, tennis, and gardening. I have three fabulous children ranging in age from 14-21 (all Montessori-educated). Montessori opened up the world for me. I found out I love practical life and making beautiful things, which I have dubbed "Jane Austen Time."