Friday, May 29th is a School Spirit Day! Wear your PMonts shirts all day for your class meetings, and click on the Zoom link at 4:00 PM to join Mr. Mitnick and HOS Michelle Morrison for our final singalong of the year! Turn on your video and select "Gallery View" so we can all see each other's faces as we close out the year with song!
A Montessori Middle School education offers an experiential, dynamic approach to each subject area, integrated studies between programs, and a focus on character development. Students regularly participate in “Socratic Circles,” which are student-led dialogues based on a reading selection. Students prepare questions for discussion and both maintain the conversation and practice active listening and the inclusion of others.
Socratic Circles help students to explore important topics such as social justice and environmental sustainability. Just prior to Halloween, with costumes and candy on their minds, they took the opportunity to focus on where our chocolate comes from. The students read and annotated a Washington Post article about child labor in the cocoa industry and came to class prepared to discuss it with their classmates. This practice of structured, student-led, critical conversation is an essential step on the journey to becoming sophisticated learners who can engage meaningfully with challenging topics
Making connections between the past and present is a major theme in the Middle School Humanities program. During Individuals and Societies classes students explored the seven characteristics of civilization. Following a lively discussion about the pillars of functional societies, students worked in teams to examine photographs of artifacts from Ancient Sumer for evidence of it having been a civil society. This activity is a means of formatively assessing students’ understanding of bigger-picture concepts such as how the uncertain availability of resources causes innovation over time, and whether or not people always interpret the past the same way.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.