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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
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
Berry, Thomas – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Thomas Berry explores the meaning of work from the standpoint of human civilization responding to the call of the universe, replacing use and exploitation of nature with the wonder, rapport, and intimacy so important to the psychic balance of the developing human and natural harmony of life on Earth. The Great Work is defined as the work of…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Work Attitudes, Physical Environment, Environmental Education
Hutchison, David – NAMTA Journal, 2013
David Hutchison is an educator and ecologists. In this paper, he suggests how ecological vision can be translated into five aspects of educational practice: the interdisciplinary emphasis, eco-orientation to citizenship, inquiry learning, outdoors acclimatization, and social activism. These five levels of training constitute the holistic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Holistic Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Citizenship Education
Ewert-Krocker, Laurie – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Defining what it means to be in the "bosom of nature," to use Montessori's words, Laurie Ewert-Krocker points out that the adolescent period of storm and stress is quelled by the natural world. But most important, when socialization is the essential developmental focus of the young adolescent, positive social organization is fostered by…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dialogs (Language), Imagination, Socialization
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