Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Montessori, What do You Think?
Me combing Peanuts.
What do you guys think about the Montessori method of teaching? I'm pretty intrigued and think the openness of the classroom and the freedom children have to explore would possibly fit Noah well. If he's anything like me, sitting at desks and trying to listen will be difficult. Watching, touching, smelling, playing with your school lessons will be much more productive. I was a well behaved kid in school who was very afraid of getting in trouble, so I never acted out. The thing that the teachers didn't know though, was that I rarely paid attention in lessons and spent most days doodling, writing stories and day dreaming. Once at parent-teacher conferences my teacher told my Mother and Father that I was using my imagination in class too much and not paying attention enough. I guess she saw me "grooming" my imaginary elephant in the back of the room. Gosh, I must have looked totally nuts. I remember perfectly though, third grade, Peanuts was huge and needed a good comb each day. I know elephants don't have fur, you've got me, but hey, I was 8. Anyway, Peanuts had this fabulous sand-box sized box on top of him that you could ride in. It had a red scalloped awning for shade and tons of pink pillows that you could sit on for a soft ride. The best part, a pudding bar. Yes, a chocolate pudding bar. There were a bunch of big parfait glasses to choose from and then you would fill them up with a number of different Jell-O puddings from a very cool machine and you could add tons of toppings, like heath bar crunch. This is what I imagined everyday that year. I would comb peanuts and then imagine going for a cruise around town with him, eating great pudding.
As usual, I am off on a tangent. The point is, while I like school, it was so difficult for me to pay attention for long, even when I really wanted to. My only salvation was the one hour or so a week that I was let out of regular class to attend "G.T." gifted and talented class. Never did I feel so empowered and excited about learning than when I was in GT. They let us choose what we wanted to learn about, we did our own research, exploration, development of projects. It was great. The kids in the class were just as weird as I was, so I never got pick on in there.
It was, I imagine, similar to Montessori. Is Montessori like this? Am I wrong?