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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
Ferreira, Cheryl – NAMTA Journal, 2014
Cheryl Ferreira vigorously pursues the Montessori principles that are implicit for preparing a classroom where "children find all that is needed to work at self-formation and to maximize their inner potential." The Montessori philosophy is precisely conveyed as Cheryl Ferreira details the specific elements and principles, both physical…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles
Rupp, Bill – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Bill Rupp offers practical wisdom from his perch as a Montessori parent of four children and as a self-proclaimed digital immigrant who has spent over twenty years in the information technology field. His list of "Considerations before Making Rules for Technology Use" builds on a positive environment of conversation and communication…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parenting Skills
Black, Connie; Linares, Roxana; O'Shaughnessy, Molly – NAMTA Journal, 2014
In this three-part article, Molly O'Shaughnessy gives the first principles that break down the myths of poverty and discusses the actual community partnerships that impact the poverty cycle and make Montessori education accessible for all children. Next, Connie Black writes about the education process and outreach programs at the Montessori Center…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Misconceptions, Poverty
Black, Connie – NAMTA Journal, 2014
All the basics of the Montessori prepared environment are put into an extraordinary context of community and nurturing through personal encounter. The article emphasizes the longitudinal impact of an intentional community that results in character and concentration and looks to the spiritual attributes of the child in relation to the tangible…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Spiritual Development, Sense of Community
Dattke, Joachim – NAMTA Journal, 2014
Joachim Dattke describes a holistic approach to supporting the needs of the family when a child has a disability. The parent and child benefit from a two-pronged approach: working with doctors, psychologists, and therapists in clinic-based settings, and working with educators in schools and parent-child groups. He defines the importance of…
Descriptors: Success, Teacher Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
Lillard, Angeline S. – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Although Montessori education is often considered a form of playful learning, Maria Montessori herself spoke negatively about a major component of playful learning--pretend play, or fantasy--for young children. In this essay, the author discusses this apparent contradiction: how and why Montessori education includes elements of playful learning…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Play, Fantasy, Outcomes of Education