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Theory into Practice, 1994
This document consists of the two issues of this newsletter published during 1994. Issues contain articles and employment notices of interest to Montessori teachers and school administrators. Feature articles include: (1) "Meaningful In-Service Comes from Within Our Own School" (Anne Blickenstaff and Nancy Hildick), which discusses one…
Descriptors: Botany, Child Development, Elementary Education, Employment Opportunities
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Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Presents a plan for developing an effective Montessori primary class for young children. Considers the appropriate number of children, children's ages, class entry, class duration, teaching staff, classroom and school design, transition to the lower elementary class, interaction between students of different ages, lunch service, and recess. (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Educational Practices
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Peller, Lili E. – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Discusses the important influence of nursery school design on the learning experiences of preschool children, focusing on the design of the "Haus Der Kinder," an all-day Montessori preschool that operated in Vienna in the 1930s. Notes the importance of a homelike atmosphere and a variety of room layouts and furniture. (MDM)
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Furniture, Decentralization
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Moore, Robin C. – NAMTA Journal, 1996
Presents a list of imaginative design options for optimal outdoor learning as well as intimate contact with nature. Focuses on entrances, pathways, signage and displays, barriers and enclosures, manufactured equipment and play structures, multipurpose game settings, groundcovers and safety surfaces, landforms and topography, trees and vegetation,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Environmental Education, Landscaping
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 1995
This reprint of a 1915 conference paper discusses the role of preschool teachers in observing and analyzing their students' work under the Montessori method of child-centered, individualized, early-childhood education. It examines children's work cycle over the course of the day and the teachers' role in organizing intellectual work for their…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education, Learning Processes, Montessori Method
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Healy, Jane M. – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Asserts that family environment and the parent-child relationship have a significant effect on the neurological development of young children. Suggests that parents need to encourage thinking, problem-solving, and language skills in their children through meaningful conversation and interaction. Maintains that attention deficit hyperactivity…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Cognitive Development, Dyslexia, Early Childhood Education
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Long, John – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Compares the educational needs of young children and adolescents in relation to movement, work attitudes, psychic development, and language development, emphasizing the prepared environment of the Montessori approach. Also examines the importance of valorization, normalization, and key experiences in the education of adolescents. (MDM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Age Differences, Cognitive Development
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Schaefer, Lawrence – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Calls for a "renaissance in civility," discussing definitions of civility and the need to encourage manners and responsible behavior in children and adolescents. Argues that it is essential that elementary school children develop social awareness and social skills and that secondary school students be encouraged to take a more active part in their…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Definitions, Elementary School Students
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Chawla, Louise; Hart, Roger A. – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Presents a conceptual model of how young children learn about the physical environment, reviewing theories concerning environmental cognition and moral development. Notes that children in developed nations receive much of their information about the environment from the media and are often exposed to conflicting viewpoints about the natural world.…
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Cognitive Development, Conservation (Environment), Developed Nations
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Verschuur, Mary – NAMTA Journal, 1995
Discusses the role that full-day Montessori preschool programs play in providing preschoolers with much more than the term "day care" implies, focusing on the teaching methods and educational strategies that such programs employ with preschoolers and their parents. (MDM)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Full Day Half Day Schedules, Montessori Method
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Spellman, Rilla – NAMTA Journal, 1993
Discusses the developmental process that takes a child from Montessori's "absorbent mind" period to the period when the child creates interior cognitive structures. Suggests practical ways for teachers and parents to support the six- and seven-year old's need to design projects and accomplish goals. (HTH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Psychology, Cognitive Development, Developmental Stages
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Schaefer, Larry – NAMTA Journal, 1997
Uses metaphor of the dance to suggest reciprocity, harmony, and a mutual exchange of leadership as key components of adolescent-adult relationships. Suggests that adolescents have high expectations of adult's character and competencies; therefore, teachers should elicit the highest values and behaviors from their students. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship
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Millstone, David H. – NAMTA Journal, 1997
Using work done with Homer's "Odyssey" with fifth graders, illustrates children's proficiency as listeners, creators, and presenters of stories. Shares techniques and anecdotes about this disciplined approach to preparing children as storytellers. Describes such aspects as having a variety of storytelling models, evaluating storytellers,…
Descriptors: Books, Children, Childrens Literature, Comics (Publications)
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 1995
This lecture discusses the creative ability of young children, asserting that educators must cultivate children's creative potential so that these abilities can develop and expand. Early childhood education also needs to take into account children's natural need for rules. (MDM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Creative Development, Creativity
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 1997
Describes potential role of flow experiences in motivating students to learn. Discusses the characteristics of flow: goals are clear, feedback is immediate, skills match challenges, concentration is deep, problems are forgotten, control is possible, self-consciousness disappears, sense of time is altered, and experience becomes autotelic. Then…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Motivation
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