In this episode Jana and I cover a lot of ground. Montessori teachers, especially new ones, should check out Jana's podcast, Montessori Book Club, where Jana reads Montessori's words on topics of vital interest.
We chat about Montessori's growth edge--Where she started and how she grew and how she was really transformed by her time in India. Montessori tells us: We must relieve ourself of our omnipotence--an appropriate message for our world still.
Jana recommends a book to get your hands on to understand Montessori in context. Trabalzini: Through the Seasons of the "Method."
We go deep with Jana's world travel in pursuit of offering Montessori training, where she had an epiphany. If not me, who? If not now, when? This changed the whole course of Jana's life. We chat about her big passion: teacher training and what it means to be midwife to aspiring Montessori teachers...the Birthing of a new self.
Montessori: you don’t need to worry about having a big building. Just a cozy apartment. Jana says--A perfect Montessori environment looks like what the local community looks like.
We cover how Jana shut travel down during the pandemic and what she pivoted to will make you smile! Life about following INTUITION.
Finally we chat about a helpful disposition for an Informative School Tour. Jana reminds us that parents aren’t always running to your school; they are often running from somewhere else. She tells us to risk being clear about what you do and don't offer so that folks are clear about whether the school is a match.
Her best advice: Montessori is a small world; we cannot afford to NOT be nice to one another. If you want to connect with Jana about opportunities for her wisdom to rub off on your work in Montessori go here: Montessori with Jana.
Peter Piché, M.Ed, ACC
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