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Peace in the Classroom

I am used to the following:

  • bright, interrogative lighting in the classroom
  • answering a phone that is ringing in the middle of a lesson
  • administrators, parents, etc. just stopping by as I'm teaching
  • children socialized to shout
  • an unclean floor/room
According to the Montessori style, these are things which interfere with "peace", a core value of the method. I was so unaccustomed to this, that a colleague sat me down and had a little talk about it. I had no idea how complex and important the act of entering a room is.

I find myself being more calm as a person as I teach at the Montessori school. Observing how each classroom is a little different, but how they are all unified in their mood is wonderful. I'm beginning to dance with a new calm to my steps as I interact with the children. I enjoy the lowering of my blood pressure.

My friend works in a job which pays many times what I make. She does not work in a place of calm and peace, and it takes its toll on her. She's asked if I'd like to be part time there, and I don't think I do. I'd rather have more of a financial struggle and enjoy my life.

I find myself making decisions based on loving myself more and more. I prefer dating one man I deeply love to a couple I am merely interested in or one who is flashy with no substance. I choose a lower paying job that brings me joy and inspiration to a high-pressure job that pays a lot and leaves me wasted. I'll put off my laundry to spend time with a girlfriend if she's free. I take time to formulate love letters to my boyfriend instead of speeches to a principal who hates me. Less money, but more love.

Movie Review: West Bank Story
2006 Oscar winning film for best short live-action film, this gem's central message is peace. "No matter what happens out there, we have peace right here." This is available for $1.99 on itunes. BUY IT!


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