016: Confessions of a Black Thumb Botanist

Trillium Montessori Talks

May 10 2022 • 18 mins

During your early years as a Montessori teacher, you might feel like you’re in the dark. Sometimes, you might be asked to teach on subjects you yourself aren’t entirely confident in. Other times, you might feel overwhelmed by the day-to-day work of running a classroom. But like a seed planted beneath the soil, the only way out is up. As you grow, you’ll push through those barriers and stretch closer and closer to the light.

In this episode, Letty is sharing an experience from her very first year of teaching that taught her a lot about perseverance and patience. We’re chatting about the experiential learning you can provide your students and why it’s often more impactful than theory-based learning. Plus, we’re sharing a few life lessons we can learn from plants.

What’s in this episode:

  • How Letty began her Montessori teaching career in a brand new school
  • Teaching a subject you don’t feel entirely confident in
  • How Letty might have handled her first teaching experience differently
  • Learning alongside your students and appreciating the learning process
  • How to plant seeds–literally and figuratively–in your classroom
  • Why the experiential parts of the learning process are even more important than the theory
  • Life lessons we learn from plants that you can share with your students
  • Facing and embracing obstacles as a new teacher

For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit https://www.trilliummontessori.org/confessions-of-a-black-thumb-botanist/

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