What grade do you teach and how long have you been teaching at MMA? I teach 1st/2nd grade and have been teaching here for 4 years. What made you choose MMA? I love the small school setting that MMA offers, and was intrigued by working in a Montessori setting. How do you build a family-like atmosphere in your classroom? We start each day with a morning meeting which allows me to get to know the students on a more personal level. Students are also able to build relationships with one another. The classroom environment allows for students to move freely and take ownership of all materials and space as well which gives a family-like atmosphere, too! What's your secret ingredient in your classroom? What techniques do you use that students really gravitate toward? Consistency has always been my secret ingredient. My students always know what to expect on any given day. It has always allowed for me and my students to work so well together. My students love to move so I have always allowed techniques that get the kids up and moving to help keep them focused and engaged. How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily [...]
Whatever you have planned for spring break, we hope you have a blast. Whether you are relaxing on a beach in Florida or enjoying a staycation, below is a list of ideas to rejuvenate and refresh over the next week! Take a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Read a book. Meet up with a friend that you haven't seen in a long time. Visit a local museum. Eat at a restaurant that you've always wanted to try. Listen to music that lifts your spirits up.
“One in the same with a different name” is how Michelle Nighbert and Cheryl Paull like to describe their conjoining schools – Macomb Montessori Academy and Second Home Child Development Center in Warren, MI. Under the leadership of Cheryl and Michelle, the schools are thriving because of the relationship they have built. “You know that feeling when you just know that you can trust someone? That was what it was like with Michelle,” said Cheryl. “I can trust her with anything.” Open and honest communication has been the key to their relationship. “We have gotten to know each other through various positions and transitions over the past 10 years,” commented Michelle. “Today, we are in a space where we are both leaders in the same building. It is such a great feeling knowing that you can trust the person who is your counterpart.” At any given day you will see Michelle and Cheryl standing outside during the student drop off time, greeting parents and students. They want parents to know who they are and that they care about their student from the time that they enter the building to when they leave. Michelle and Cheryl have the same belief in [...]
We had our first Mustang Merit incentive today! Ice Cream!!! 🍦Congrats to all students who received at least 2 mustangs merits for the month of January. Keep up the good work!
Congratulations to Ms. China our January Teacher of the Month! Thank you Ms. China for being amazing!
Do you wonder what staff do on early dismissal Fridays? Well they collaborate together around visions of what high quality instruction looks like for our scholars. Teacher-learners improving their craft in an effort to support our scholars. #EverybodyThrivesHere.
In honor of National School Choice Week, scarves were passed out to students as they entered today. Students can bundle up with their scarves & always remember the impact of school choice!
Come check out how festive our halls are looking! Click here to see more photos of our classrooms' decorated doors.
Our students created a kindness wall to promote the Character Trait of the month: compassion. Click here to read more about their work!
CONGRATULATIONS TO LITERACY GRANT RECIPIENTS Great news! All schools within the Choice network have been awarded the Early Literacy Grant! A huge thank you goes out to all of the Literacy Coaches and Carrie Paddock for their hard work to meet the grant deadline. What does this mean for you and your school? It means more great materials, books and professional development opportunities. We are so excited to see the impact of this grant in the students.