I've just taken over a Montessori classroom with 19 children. I'm newly qualified so not much teaching experience but I was a mature student so I've 24 years experience of children (5 of my own!). I'm Montessori thru and thru and my problem is my new class seem to have had a very loose Montessori experience up to now. My problem is none of the children seem able to concentrate well and all head for basic practical life or simple sensorial. How do I (quickly) get to a point where the (few) older/more able might be encouraged to work on more advanced stuff and how can I encourage a bit more concentration in the rest? I've lots more questions for anyone interested in chatting to help me please!!