(1) PROCESS: EROS
Entry: Natalie Sardi
LC16 – Colorado, USA
Looking back through the lens of eros, autopoiesis, and phenomenology, and in directing my conscious study toward a previous unconscious emotional response, I begin to experience a deeper understanding of the triggers behind my reactions. In studying the experience of presenting a lesson, my reflection after the lesson enables me to understand not only the emotion surrounding the experience and my responses to the student, but how I interface with the materials and the surrounding classroom and how those interactions build the reality of the lesson. This deepens my understanding, giving the act of “giving a lesson” deeper meaning.
Entry: Lisa Miele
LC18 MT – Texas, USA
For me, I think the AMI training and this TIES course have a lot to do with my being ready. It is a huge commitment. One has to find the devotion, inspiration, and love for the work, so that the deadlines and work load do not overwhelm to the point of quitting. I have found that every time I sit down to write, the words seem to “flow” out of me. There has to be a deep connection to this way of life. For me personally, it is more of a way of “being” than a credential to obtain.
Entry: Sarah Etherington
LC23 – Thailand and Victoria, Canada
Integrative learning is an opening up to new perspectives of teaching and living. It is an expansion of mind, heart, and spirit. It is an awareness of the interconnectivity of all of life and our place within it. It is a reconnection to the earth, to ourselves, and to our children. It is a revived consciousness of our duty to our Earth and to our children.
Montessori Integrative Learning is a love story with the Universe.
Montessori Integrative Learning calls on us to profoundly shift our thinking from linear to non-linear, from exclusive to inclusive, from closed to open.
Montessori Integrative learning is an avenue to reconnect to our passions, our inner drive, so we can recognize the Great Work within us and within our children. It is a conduit for re-instilling the sense of awe and wonder within us that Montessori calls on us to bring out in our children. It allows us, then, to truly guide our children toward their own unique cosmic tasks.
Montessori integrative learning is a recognition of Montessori’s incredible gift to us and a realization of the need to integrate and build on her pedagogy in order to educate for a new Ecozoic Era.