My name is Vanessa and I am a Montessori Assistant in Washington, D.C. Montessori is an educational theory in which children are allowed to learn by following their interests which in turn leads to them being naturally motivated to learn new things and practice skills until mastery. Learning is individualized so each child follows their own path to learn different skills, such as focus, memory, sensory acuity, counting, reading, writing, and operational math, biology, geography and more. Authentic Montessori classrooms have a mix of children within a 3 year age range. Each classroom is overseen by a certified Guide, a role which is somewhat comparable to a lead or head teacher in a traditional school.
I haven’t posted much in the past few months because so much has changed and I was looking for the courage to write again. Well, I’ve found it.
For the 2018-2019 school year, I happily accepted a position at a Public Charter Montessori School in Washington, D.C. After becoming entrenched in the difficulties of carrying out a high fidelity Montessori program, on an ever-tightening budget, I realized this school was not going in a direction that I wanted to follow. As I would tell my students, if what you’re doing doesn’t make you feel good, let’s find something else that will. So I made the leap to leave the school before the end of the school year.