Committed—listening attentively to one of our explanations?
If “yes,” then, . . . yes, we are! We are engaged in the process of learning. Our teachers are working with us, paying close attention to us, involved with our projects. Together we are exploring, seeing patterns, talking about them, working with them.
Maria Montessori, addressing the National Education Association in Oakland, CA, in 1915, stated, “When you have solved the problem of attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of education.”
We think she meant that we should be given good options, things we want to do, things that would hold our attention with just the right amount of difficulty, or challenge, and interest.
We learn more when the adults take us seriously and let us do what we can for ourselves, when they listen to us. We enjoy working and having the time to do a good job at what we do.
We are engaged with our interests, with our teachers and with our friends.
The routine stays the same, so we feel secure, knowing there will be enough time to work in our long, uninterrupted morning and afternoon work periods.
It’s enjoyable to pursue our interests working and playing in this learning atmosphere.
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