The Montessori Method lays a beautiful foundation for a transformational educational experience – both for you and your students. However, there is something intangible that lies on the other side of that transformation: Montessori magic. This magic can seem abstract, out of reach, and even mythical at times. However, there is an undercurrent to this magic that we can strive for each day. This essential quality could be called the Montessori spirit.
No being in nature embodies the Montessori Spirit quite like the dragonfly. This often overlooked creature moves with elegance and grace as it embraces change. It flexibly adapts to a constantly evolving environment with wonder, maturity and wisdom. The dragonfly symbolizes hope, happiness and love; it allows us a window through which we can see the deeper implications of life. Not only does this graceful creature make informed, responsive choices in each moment, but it has an uninhibited vision of self. With the ability to fly without rest for 4,400 miles at speeds faster than any other insect, it easily soars beyond the limitations human minds place on something so small and delicate.
When caught in the nitty gritty details of lesson plans, wondering when this transformation will take shape, or working tirelessly to ensure an optimal learning environment, we may feel disconnected from the magic we’ve been promised. When this happens, let us look to the inspiration found in the gentle, consistent power of the Dragonfly – let us channel its effortless Montessori spirit and trust in the journey we’ve begun.
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