My favorite quote that guides me through each day and helps me serve my purpose as a Montessorian (especially in our current national and global climate) is: “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education, all politics can do is keep us our of war.”

I often talk with my students about what it means to establish lasting peace… resulting in a conversation about responsibility to the community (small and large). This also goes nicely with “Help me help myself” as children in the second plane of development are always looking for ways to be purposeful and honored. Once we’ve given them the tools to help themselves, they are then able to look outward and help others.