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Peaceful Sport

I had an epiphany yesterday. Not in the way that something hit me as novel or undiscovered but instead, in a way that what we set out to accomplish is exactly what happened. Think about this for a minute, 100 elementary Montessori students, aged 6-12 in mixed groups, engaged in competitive play without the competitive spirit. Each I expect, at one point or another, has played soccer, has swum on swim team or has done something else where being first is the objective. And while engaged in similar activities here, where winning could be the object too, winning didn’t matter …

Dare to be Vulnerable?

Anyone dare to be vulnerable? It’s an interesting question isn’t it? I expect at first thought that anyone would answer “no” and be diligent in their efforts to ensure that they aren’t vulnerable. But, I’ll contend that allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is a good thing. It allows us time to broaden our view and understanding. Part of my work includes serving on committees for the Independent School Association of the Central States and the American Montessori Society. As such, I travel on occasion and when I do, I take every opportunity to learn something new. Not long ago, I …

Is Nature Valuable?

It absolutely is at The New School Montessori. I took advantage of the opportunity to spend some time in the woods today. Not the woods that you’ll find at a local city park or out around the I275 loop, the ones right here at our very own TNSM. It made me ask myself, and now I ask you, are there any other schools within the Greater Cincinnati area that provide both a typical playground setting and an atypical playground setting for their children to grow in? I’m certain there are schools that offer the former but I definitely can’t recall …

What does grit get you?

There is value and goodness in a TNSM education- one based on an appreciation and understanding for the individual and an emphasis on process learning over product learning.  Given such, I believe it’s important that we remind ourselves of our goal to not only support great academics but to also encourage appropriate emotional, physical and social development.  Collectively, these tenets of the TNSM program support and promote individual well-being and community.  Keeping ourselves abreast of new information and the discourse surrounding related topics is important to do also. Take a look at this piece recently published in the “Wall Street …

Sharing the Vision

Welcome to Montessori at The New School. I’m the Director, Eric Dustman. You’ll find that I’m passionate about the school, encouraged by the education we provide young children and over-the-top excited about everyone who calls this school their community. It truly is a unique and joyful place. I intend to use this blog to share many wonderful things about our school and to provide all who read it and make it their regular go-to place, thought-provoking ideas and information. I’m hopeful it creates opportunities for everyone to engage in conversation about child development, nutrition, play and education, among what I …