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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
Bettmann, Joen – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Through a strong Montessori orientation to the parameters of spoken language, Joen Bettmann makes the case for "materializing" spoken knowledge using the stimulation of real objects and real situations that promote mature discussion around the sensorial aspect of the prepared environment. She lists specific materials in the classroom…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Montessori Method, Singing, Vocabulary Development
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Bettmann, Joen – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Considers 3- to 6-year-olds' work cycle, looking first to the Montessori concept of normalization, manifest as increasing depth of concentration. Offers guidelines for a "protected lesson," designed to foster independence. Discusses interest and purpose as the basis for work, work "curves," control of error, presentation…
Descriptors: Attention Control, Childhood Interests, Children, Classroom Environment
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Bettmann, Joen – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses the importance of Montessori's Practical Life exercises for building character and self-esteem, more concern for others, better understanding for academic learning, and a self-nurturing, respectful classroom community. Considers aspects of movement and silence exercises for developing the child's contemplative and reflective nature that…
Descriptors: Child Development, Class Activities, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education