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Marguiles, Lynn – NAMTA Journal, 2018
The 2018 Cleveland conference screened a documentary film titled "Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution." NAMTA conference participants enjoyed this memorable premier event in honor of Lynn Margulis, her symbiotic worldview, and her intimate community of scientific stars. This article is…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Conferences (Gatherings), Films, World Views
O'Shaughnessy, Molly; Patell, Hilla – NAMTA Journal, 2016
In this interview conducted at the NAMTA conference, "Observation: The Key to Unlocking the Child's Potential", Molly O'Shaughnessy discusses the history of observation with Hilla Patell. Patell shares stories of the people who were instrumental in creating a culture of observation as an ongoing discipline to be practiced. She goes on to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Observation, Child Development, Montessori Method
Leonard, Gerard – NAMTA Journal, 2018
Gerard Leonard uncovers the living organic vision of Montessori scientific thought principles to ponder for our generation of Montessori: "To be ecoliterate is to understand the basic principles of ecology and to endeavor to live by them. Having a systems view of life, or what we would call in Montessori education, 'an understanding of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Montessori Method, Scientific Principles, Ecology
Vaz, Nimal – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Nimal Vaz takes us to the essentials of Montessori as an aid to life for all children, particularly children with special needs. She challenges teachers to truly provide experiences in nature: observing anthills, identifying bird nests, or taking an olfactory walk with a legally blind classmate. Finally, she demonstrates how a child's interest in…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Environmental Education
Leonard, Gerard – NAMTA Journal, 2013
This article is a special blend of research, theory, and practice, with clear insight into the origins of Cosmic Education and cosmic task, while recalling memories of student explorations in botany, in particular, episodes from Mr. Leonard's teaching. Mr. Leonard speaks of a storytelling curriculum that eloquently puts perspective into dimensions…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Teaching Methods, Montessori Method, Holistic Approach
Rathunde, Kevin – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Kevin Rathunde turns his research lens to the task of finding out the relevance of the natural world, its impact on adolescent motivation, and its positive sustaining of concentration and focus. He cites "disembodiment and denaturing" as needing to be countered by contact with nature, leading to higher creativity, less drudgery, and more…
Descriptors: Ecology, Ecological Factors, Nature Nurture Controversy, Science and Society
Bettmann, Joen – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Joen Bettmann's depiction of practical life exercises as character-building reveals how caring, careful, and independent work leads to higher self-esteem, more concern for others, better understanding for academic learning, and a self-nurturing, respectful classroom community. Particular aspects of movement and silence exercises bring out what…
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Behavior Standards, Altruism, Childhood Attitudes
Moudry, Ben; Christopherson, Andrew – NAMTA Journal, 2017
As with the other case studies in this journal, Ben Moudry and Andrew Christopherson present a vision of a Montessori high school that is focused on fostering the adolescent personality in connection to society. This chapter uses concrete examples of the key experiences and programs that provide the adolescents at The Grove School with this goal…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, High Schools
Chawla, Louise – NAMTA Journal, 2014
Louise Chawla's autobiographical beginning of this article shows the integration of her world-famous science of the environment and its relationship to early and middle childhood development as it finds its roots in Montessori education. Her academic training brought her to Edith Cobb's writing and unveiled the origins of kinship to the natural…
Descriptors: Ecology, Montessori Method, Natural Resources, Environment
Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Inspired by Baiba Krumins-Grazzini's interdependencies lecture at NAMTA's Portland conference, David Kahn shows the unifying structures of the program that are rooted in the natural and social sciences. Through a connective web, these sciences explore the integration of all knowledge and lead to a philosophical view of life on earth, including…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences
Battle, Judy Shepps – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Just as the classroom guide must prepare for observation in the classroom, so too should parents prepare themselves for classroom observation. What is the purpose of their observation? What is the procedure? What should they note? What points of awareness should they keep in mind? Using the format of a letter to parents preparing to observe in a…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Parents, Student Behavior, Elementary School Students
Fresco, Grazia Honegger – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Grazia Honegger Fresco gives us direct observations of her daughter from birth to eight months, grouping her observations by age even further into birth to fourth month, fifth and sixth months, and seventh and eighth months. Within each age range, she focuses on Sara's sensory life and her relationships. Her observations are detailed and gentle as…
Descriptors: Mothers, Daughters, Infants, Child Development
Castiglione, Cynthia – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Cynthia Castiglione presents Near North Montessori School's (Chicago) adolescent community's approach to technology. Her framework begins with the needs of the adolescent for social independence, social acceptance, and social justice. Using that template, she defines seven keys or characteristics that make up the technological environment:…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Montessori Schools, Needs, Urban Schools
Moudry, Sarah – NAMTA Journal, 2014
Functional independence in toilet training involves muscle control, the awareness and desire to stay dry, and the child's ability to dress themselves. This is a natural and gradual process beginning at home, and Sarah Moudry gives clear and encouraging ideas for supporting this process at school once the child is walking. [This talk was presented…
Descriptors: Toilet Training, Child Development, Teaching Methods, Environmental Influences
Allen, Kathleen – NAMTA Journal, 2018
Kathleen Allen's reverence for the stories of women naturalists spanning from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, and their parallel scientific interest in the documentation of life cycles through art and narratives, gives support to the child in history and nature that is so central to Montessori formal research and discipline. The…
Descriptors: Females, Environment, Scientists, History
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