There are many days when I ask myself why I’ve taken on this enormous task to start a school. Why do the work?
An answer to that question is one thing that we work hard to teach our students. It is important to be motivated.
Observers in Montessori classrooms sometimes ask why the class is run in this way? Why do we let the students pick their own work? What if they just want to wash their hands for two hours straight? What if they keep wandering from work to work and never settle down and focus? Wouldn’t it be easier to sit them down and teach them their A,B,C’s and 1,2,3’s?
Montessori classrooms allow this freedom within limits for precisely this reason: because it is not the easy way. A child has to really want to learn to find work and use their energy at that work. A child has to be motivated to learn. That’s not something they can learn from a teacher telling them about motivation. A child learns motivation from experience.
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, says it like this: “Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges.”
We, at HPMS, believe that children are born with the motivation to learn and it is up to us to create a place where that motivation is encouraged to develop. Studies show that students who develop character traits like motivation are the ones that are the most happy and healthy later in life (check out How Children Succeed by Paul Tough). Our work is for the long haul.
Motivated kids can do hard things. They can become motivated adults who keep learning and growing and becoming amazing members of our world.
Motivated adults can do hard things. Like start schools.