Category Archives: Authority

“No Authority”

At school at 6:30 this morning I did something that received the response: “No Authority.” That I had done it successfully a hundred times in the past half year didn’t matter. Soon an alarm would go off and all you-know-what … Continue reading

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Authority that Increases Authority in Others

Last week, when I complimented a teacher on what a great learning community she has created in her classroom, she said, “It’s the kids. The kids are doing it themselves.” “I know what you mean, but your leadership caused this,” … Continue reading

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Conflict, Responsibility and Justice

Conflict Three boys appeared in the door of my office, yesterday. Boy 1: “We’re not in trouble. Our teacher sent us to ask if you could help us work out a problem that came up at recess.” Please follow and like … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born 134 years ago yesterday. Although her research with children has been replicated again and again in the last century, and although her discoveries have been born out in successful practice all over the world (there are … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth is Tricky

“Mark’s mother keeps harassing me about his academics,” said third-grade-teacher Dara. “I keep telling her that he is doing very well, but she doesn’t believe it. She thinks I don’t have high enough standards. Yesterday, she said, ‘I am so … Continue reading

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