I’d like to start a small discussion about a few ideas. All comments are welcome!
I recently heard that Montessori Directresses can be of many varying degrees. Some can be completely strict and go only by the book, not varying from exactly what Maria taught. Others can be very loose in their interpretations and only use very few works and ideas. The middle of this puddle of thought would be those who understand the spirit of what Maria Montessori was striving for and are strict with their lessons and works, but also leave room for variations and expansions upon lessons. What kind of teacher do you identify yourself as? Please comment!
What brought this thought around was hearing one former Directress say “I believe that if computers had been around in Maria’s time, she would have loved them.” This made me think about the differences between AMS and AMI training. In AMS, your manual is printed out for you (Or at least at my school it is) and you can illustrate or provide photographs for the lessons inside. In AMI, teachers handwrite and can only illustrate and sparingly use photos. I know that AMI is the original Directress Training, and that they do it as Maria did herself. I wonder – Why are they not allowed to type their manuals? I know you can go back and type it later after you’re done, but I know there are plenty of teachers out there with handwritten manuals. The technology exists, why not use it? I hope I’m not crossing some forbidden Montessori line here, but I’m honestly curious. I’ve asked around, and what I’ve gotten from a few people is “I’m not sure…” What is your opinion on this?