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Zener, Rita Schaefer – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Reviews Maria Montessori's view of sensitive periods and examines the kinds of help needed from adults: an open mind, specific help from a prepared learning environment, and challenges presented at the right time. Stresses the universality of sensitive periods and their connection to brain development. Focuses on the unconscious nature and…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Developmental Stages
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Zener, Rita Schaefer – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses the progress of the Montessori to Romania Project, noting the problem solutions involving social reform that celebrates diverse educational formats, which articulate freedom as a component of human development. Describes the organizational efforts of the Romanian Montessori school and classroom experiences. (JPB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational Theories
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Zener, Rita Schaefer – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Defines normalization and deviations in child development. Discusses the three different levels in the normalization process. Asserts that guiding the process of normalization should drive the practice of Montessori education. Concludes that whenever there are brief episodes of normalization, the true nature of the child shows itself. (JS)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Development, Behavior Patterns, Behavior Problems
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Zener, Rita Schaefer – NAMTA Journal, 1994
Presents guidelines for designing and using extensions, which are exercises that follow or extend the basic presentation of an idea, in the mathematics area of the Montessori program to give children more experience and depth as they explore key mathematical concepts. Describes extensions that address counting, sorting, and working with decimals.…
Descriptors: Classification, Computation, Decimal Fractions, Early Childhood Education
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Zener, Rita Schaefer – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Discusses specific teaching strategies to nurture creativity in young children that guide choice, highlight human potential, and distinguish those activities that help children from those that are more impulsive and less developmental. Suggests that teachers need to encourage a love of work, concentration, self-discipline, and sociability. (MDM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Creative Development, Creativity, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Zener, Rita Schaefer – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Examines verbal/linguistic and visual/spatial intelligences and their relationship to Montessori education. Aligns Gardner's philosophy of these two intelligences with Montessori's specific counterparts in the prepared environment. Defines assessment in light of observation and the definitive clarity of Montessori activities. Suggests that…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Educational Philosophy, Language Acquisition