ADM Blog

  1. Why praise doesn’t pay off

    As a Montessorian I always am amazed to see how my students are always seeking my approval. Whether it is a drawing or work in the classroom, I will be asked, “Do you think I did a good job?”  It is really sad that they do not have the confidence in themselves to know that… Continue Reading »
  2. Why Stay?

    As I am sure all of you know it is that time of year for open houses and big choices. One of the biggest ones being where you will be sending your child for Kindergarten. As a Montessori teacher I have been taught the importance of keeping your child for the three year cycle and… Continue Reading »
  3. Lending a hand

    There are always moments in my day that I am beyond amazed at the things my students do. Just the other day a student of mine sat next to me and read a book that a week ago was “too tricky”. But this time I am amazed by them in a whole new way. I… Continue Reading »
  4. Staying warm in the cold weather

    I know that I personally love being outside in the winter. I love playing in the snow, building snow forts, and most of all going sledding. But as the weather gets colder spending time outside also means that we have to start dressing a lot warmer. There is a Norwegian saying: “There is no such thing… Continue Reading »
  5. Time well spent

    In all honesty I don’t watch a lot of television, mainly because I don’t have cable but also because Netflix is enough for me. However, the other day I was watching television with my friend and saw the new LEGO commercial. When it first started I thought how much it sounded like the Montessori philosophy of… Continue Reading »
  6. How to overcome the “I can’t” feeling

    We have all been there, the moments when we just want to give up because we feel like we just can’t “do it”. I know that I feel it when I am trying to do a hard workout and I see it in my students when I am asking them to complete a new challenging work…. Continue Reading »
  7. Apps for kids

    No matter where you go these days you are going to see children using some type of electronic device. It is part of our culture to allow our kids to play with phones or tablets to help keep them entertained. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with this – I totally get… Continue Reading »
  8. Things are changing!

    I am sure most of you know this already but ADM is expanding to the building across the street (1808-1810 W. 99th). The space is currently being remodeled and will be ready for students when summer school starts! The new space will act as a new 3-6 classroom as well as a space for our… Continue Reading »
  9. Safe Walking

    As the weather gets nicer I know that my students and myself enjoy spending more time outside. We go on walks, go to the park, observe our suroundings, just about everything you an think about we do. One thing that I always stress about is how to be safe outside. I always remind them to… Continue Reading »
  10. What is Positive Discipline?

    I know that I have written about positive discipline before but I came across this video and it really helped me understand it even more! I hope that you are able to get as much as I did out of it.