- Aug 14, 2018 Slipups and Sillies: The Importance of Sharing our Authentic Selves with Children Aug 14, 2018
- Jun 27, 2018 The Suzuki Experience — Teacher Spotlight on Ms. Dorian Lumpkin Jun 27, 2018
- Jun 8, 2018 Hold the Applause: How to Avoid Raising Praise Seekers and Tame the Fear of Failure Jun 8, 2018
- May 7, 2018 Got Temper Tantrums? How to Tame Tantrums Without Breaking the Spirit May 7, 2018
- Apr 9, 2018 Magic of Montessori Demystified: No Rewards, Punishments, or Praise, Oh My! Apr 9, 2018
- Mar 6, 2018 The Magic of Montessori Demystified: The Environment Mar 6, 2018
- Nov 13, 2017 Look for the Ladybugs: The Best Thing About Being a Teacher Nov 13, 2017
- Nov 9, 2017 Fostering Independence & Curiosity in Children Since the ‘70s Nov 9, 2017
- Sep 19, 2017 Determined to Drive: How to Help Teachers Maintain Optimal Learning Conditions at School Sep 19, 2017
- Aug 21, 2017 The Light in Me: Harmony Between Yoga and Montessori Aug 21, 2017
- Aug 1, 2017 A Montessori Manor: How Incorporate a “Montessori-Mindset” at Home Aug 1, 2017
- June 2017
- May 20, 2017 Montessori In The Home: Pre-Primary Edition May 20, 2017
- May 1, 2017 On the Montessori Journey: When One Teaches, Two Learn (Part III) May 1, 2017
- Apr 24, 2017 On the Montessori Journey: When One Teaches, Two Learn (Part II) Apr 24, 2017
- Apr 20, 2017 Montessori in the Home: Toddler Edition Apr 20, 2017
- Apr 17, 2017 On the Montessori Journey: When One Teaches, Two Learn (Part I) Apr 17, 2017
- Mar 20, 2017 What Makes up a Montessori Parent? Mar 20, 2017
- Feb 20, 2017 Montessori: Education for Peace Feb 20, 2017
- Jan 19, 2017 Freedom Within Limits: The Structure of a Montessori Learning Environment Jan 19, 2017
How we Teach
The faculty at the Suzuki School teaches using American Montessori Society (AMS) curriculum, as well as blending in the philosophies of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Teachers and Assistants work year round, with breaks throughout the year. The teachers are generally the first to arrive each day and prepare the classroom for the students.
Lessons are taught throughout the day, in particular during the morning and afternoon work blocks. During the afternoons, many children also participate in enrichment activities that take them out of the classroom.
The Suzuki School has a strong collaborative culture. Teacher and Associates input is solicited and important in guiding the schools direction. Teachers are the leaders in the classroom and set the direction. Associates work closely with teachers and the leadership team on how to improve the health and safety of the school environment.
We seek faculty who are interested in seeking diversity of thought, and incorporating or sincerely considering others perspectives. An important part of the collaborative teaching environment is the daily team meetings held in each classroom. These meetings are an important time to share pertinent information on the children and their families, to discuss opportunities and issues in the classroom and to brainstorm on certain lessons and shared subject areas.
In order to ensure that collaboration is effective, an environment of high accountability is required. The teaching teams work very closely together, supporting and guiding each other in every teacher’s journey towards excellence. Throughout the year, teachers complete a self-assessment on teaching and teaming skills. This same assessment instrument is then used by co-teachers and the support staff. Once the baseline assessment is completed, each teacher meets with their entire team on a periodic basis to receive feedback and support on the consolidated evaluation.