March 1, 2019
Joyful Scholar: Catch Phrase or Reality?
Years ago, when I did tours around our campus, I always enjoyed taking a new family through and hearing them exclaim – “How wonderfully quiet and busy the children are but... where is the teacher?” (The teacher was on the floor behind a shelf giving three children a lesson on the golden beads. Her assistant was up and moving around overseeing the rest of the busyness. Cardinal rule in our classrooms: one up, one down – translated to say – when lead teacher is down giving a lesson on the floor, the assistant is always up where the children can see her at any given moment of need.)
This was a perfect opening to explain how Montessori is so different than many traditional classrooms. Chances are you and I grew up in a traditional school setting where teachers stood at the head of the class giving instruction and walked up and down the aisles making sure we were paying attention or on the right page. Things have changed a good bit since then – in all schools -- but still many classrooms are “governed” by the syllabus of the teacher, principal, district, school board, and state.
Don’t get me wrong: there are Montessori standards, syllabi, curriculum guides, Common Core correlation, sequence of instruction, even standardized testing during the elementary years and above. (MSA’s testing policy is for another MM issue).
But who knew? Children really love to be involved with meaningful work, projects, and research – much of which is self-initiated. Overheard recently, a conversation between two high schoolers: “I remember the days when I would become completely absorbed in some research project or piece of work. I sometimes still feel that excitement, but I also know I am now working for the grades and to get into a good college.”
Dates to Remember
March 11 - 21 - MAP testing
March 17 - MSA Open House, 1-4PMMarch 19 - Third quarter ends
March 22 - Teacher professional development day
March 25-29 - Spring parent conferences
March 30 - Spring Benefit at 6:30PM at the T. Ed Garrison Event Center
Spring Benefit Tickets
The MSA Spring Benefit will take place at 6:30PM on March 30 at the T. Ed Garrison Arena. Tickets admit two and provide one entry into the $10,000.00 drawing and can be purchased at the MSA front desk for $150. The event is for ages 21 and older. There are games, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dancing, silent and live auctions, and a cash bar.
The Spring Benefit is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds raised by the event support our financial assistance program. Former student Alicia Staggers helps sell Spring Benefit tickets to community members each year and had this to say about her willingness to help out:
"I'm so happy to help anytime. MSA helped make me the woman I am today and is so dear to my heart."
Please help support the MSA financial assistance program by purchasing a ticket and by inviting family, friends, and neighbors to attend. Call the MSA front office at 864-226-5344 if you would like additional information.