In my Montessori elementary classroom, I spend the first week of school building on the foundations that I set on the first day — further establishing rules and routines, empowering the students, developing relationships, and presenting inspiring work.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I begin talking with the students about classroom routines and expectations on the very first day of school. Throughout the week, we build on these discussions, usually during circle time. Like all Montessori teachers, I have high expectations of courtesy, respect, and order. Taking time during the first week to fully establish these expectations helps the students understand what is required of them and of others in the classroom. It serves us all well for the remainder of the year.

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A Teacher's Perspective: Work Periods on the First Day of Montessori Elementary

In our previous blog , we discussed the first part of the first full day of school during which the students were introduced to the routine...

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A Teacher’s Perspective: First Day Circle Routines for Montessori Elementary

The first day of school is very exciting for both students and teachers. I always look forward to the first day when I am able to greet st...

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Preparing Materials for the Montessori Environment

Montessori teachers spend a great deal of time and effort carefully preparing materials for the Montessori environment to meet the needs of...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 Continue Reading this Article

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