Join Stephen and Mary Ellen for a lively discussion of the amazing process of normalizing an entire class. ‘Normalization’ in the Montessori classroom refers to the freewill choices of work, spontaneous concentration, and independence of the children in the prepared environment. Steven received his Montessori diploma from the first class Mary Ellen taught with Dr. Elisabeth Caspari, in 1980.
Stephen’s years of practice demonstrated the normalization that many parents and newly minted Montessori teachers struggle to believe, let alone achieve. As Montessori began her work, her attitude as she saw children become calm and centered was one of skepticism: “I won’t believe this time. I will wait until the next time to believe.” After decades of work she realized that: “Normalization is the single most important result of our work.”
Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed.
Stephen Macchio, B.A.