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ERIC Number: EJ1077971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-9734
Grace and Courtesy and Beyond
Schaefer, Pat
NAMTA Journal, v40 n1 p33-49 Win 2015
Taking up the cause of grace and courtesy across the planes of education, Pat Schaefer tells of the grace and courtesy of successive planes within a school culture and gives a glimpse of how the Montessori vision of a new society can look. Grace and courtesy go well beyond the practice of manners and into the topic of deep observation and appreciation of the other. Grace and courtesy are in the ability to focus on others, to pay attention to others, and to model a balanced behavior ideal of caring for the beauty and order of a space. Pat plays up the importance of rituals and gives examples of musical celebrations, Wisdom Day, the winter solstice, and "flying up" celebrations (the rite of passage from Children's House to the elementary) as being acts of attention to civility done for the sake of the community. [This talk was presented at the NAMTA conference titled "Grace, Courtesy, and Civility Across the Planes," Portland, OR, March 13-16, 2014.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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