Metro Montessori Middle School: A Year of Journeys

We began our year with a move into a brand new, beautiful space which, with the help of our entire Childpeace/MMM community, quickly became home to MMM. Over the course of the year, we have seen this space become our workplace, the place where guides and students work side by side, and where many journeys, both physical and intellectual, have been born. We are fortunate enough to have five guides for our thirty students, a ratio that allows for big, in-depth works and lots of behavior modeling. We have traveled to the Indus Valley, Alexandria, Mesopotamia, and explored the tremendous fountains of our creativity through art, science, writing, math and Spanish. We’ve made short trips around our urban environment to measure slope and other times to fulfill our shopping lists for Odyssey or Spring Trip. Sometimes, we’ve traveled just across the room to engage in conversation with a peer, working out some difficult social happening. Often, those are the most difficult trips. Each journey is an opportunity to gather data and our adolescents become more aware of the world and their place in it.

As this school year draws near the end, we at MMM reflect upon our students and their journeys, individual and collective, academic and personal. We remind ourselves that our young people are not only students engaged in academic learning, but social/emotional beings developing into adults, gaining maturity as they move through their middle school years with us. How will these journeys serve those transitioning to high school?

Laurie Ewert-Krocker (faculty at Hershey Montessori’s Adolescent Program), suggests this:

We find that graduates of Montessori programs worldwide share similar characteristics, suggesting that Montessori truly is a universal approach that supports human development, not just cultural value systems.

What do [we see]?
  • An awareness of one’s own needs and a sense of one’s potential
  • An awareness of the needs of others
  • A willingness to work hard and take on challenges for the good of the community
  • An expectation that work is necessary and noble, and that life can be difficult without being disappointing
  • A willingness to consider different points of view
  • An ability and willingness to problem-solve; a penchant for creative thinking
  • Healthy emotional independence (healthy independence from parents, healthy independence in the context of peer relationships)
  • Healthy emotional attachments
  • The ability to love others—both personally and in the abstract love of humankind
  • The ability to see joy in the world and good in others, despite hardship
  • An awareness of the nature of humans beings and of humanity’s history—good and bad
  • A sense that everyone has a role to play in the human story
  • An awareness of the conditions and circumstances created by one’s time and culture
  • Healthy economic responsibility
  • A desire to contribute positively to society and to work toward positive change
  • A respect for and understanding of the natural world
  • An ability to maintain faith in the human endeavor and in the human potential for cooperation and peace, despite knowledge of atrocities and struggle
Do we see these traits in our MMM graduates, those who have journeyed with us in fun and in hardships? Those who have explored the world with us through microscopes and written word?

Yes. Absolutely.

If you want to see and hear the voices of these students who will be moving on to high school, please join us at the MMM graduation on Wednesday, June 11th, 1:30 pm in the Childpeace play room.

Nancy Coronado, Assistant Program Director
Childpeace Montessori School