The Affective Component of Learning Science

By Derek Starkenburg, Adolescent Math/Science Guide

One of the most important affective components of learning is seeing a subject made accessible and invigorating. If students can be introduced to a discipline in a manner that is engaging and developmentally appropriate for their plane of development, they can establish a keen interest in a topic and a heartening sense of delight regarding that subject, rather than a fear or disdain for it

Helping others has Pirated Amaresh’s heart

By Al Daniel

Sneha Amaresh ’13 might hesitate to dance in front of acquaintances. With that said, when you want to coax her, it helps to let her know when a meaningful stake is in it for others.

The Joy of Self-Expression Through Art

By Holly Dykes, Art Specialist Teacher

While in grad school, I worked in a library. It had recently been built and decorated in, what I thought, a pretty wild fashion—fuchsia and orange, hot pink and neon green, stripes, and checks.

If You Give a Toddler a Ball

By Tim Daniel, Head of School

(With apologies to the great Laura Numeroff)

If you give a toddler a ball,
he’ll probably just throw it over the fence
expecting you to pick it up
and give it back to him.

Grace and Courtesy in Elementary

By Kalpu Shah, Upper Elementary Program Director and Teacher

Grace and courtesy in the elementary years. How does the refinement of grace and courtesy survive into “the age of rudeness,” you might wonder?

Working with Others

By Catherine Swanson, Lower Elementary Teacher

A student in my lower elementary class came up on the playground one day to ask, “Can you give me some advice on what I should say to my friend?”

A Chapel Hill Ballerina’s Great Leap Forward to Chicago

By Al Daniel

“Bravery and freedom” defined a revolutionary year in Greta Abbey’s lifelong dream of a career in ballet. The two wholesome values are also her words for how one of her Lower Elementary teachers at the Montessori Community School influenced her approach to creativity a decade prior.

I Don’t Want to go Outside!

By Adam Miller, Primary Teacher

This is exactly what a three-year old student said to me five years ago.  As a child of the late 70s, this comment made no sense to me whatsoever. However, it did make me think about how times have changed since I was a child.

Grace and Courtesy in a Montessori Classroom

By Annie Green, Primary Teacher

There are many pieces of a Montessori environment that set it apart from your typical classroom. From the way the children independently work at woven rugs and wooden tables, to the way the teacher gives lessons to only a few children at a time, there are multiple things an observer would notice as unusual when comparing it to other types of schools.