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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
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
Conklin-Moore, Alyssa – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Alyssa Conklin-Moore discusses normalization in the child under three from several perspectives. She takes an extensive look at the child, including orienting parents to the Montessori environment, the child's entrance into the environment, addressing the sensitive periods, and fostering independence, contribution, and community. She reminds the…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Child Development, Personal Autonomy
Henke, Elizabeth – NAMTA Journal, 2017
"The most essential component to offering the children an education for peace is the emphasis on that which unites us." With this focus, Elizabeth Henke presents a picture of how Montessori students progressively develop a sense of moral, civic, and social responsibility. The foundation is set during the elementary years when children…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Teaching Methods, Montessori Method, Social Responsibility
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
Ramani, Uma – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Uma Ramani's characterization of practical life is philosophical and anthropological, suggesting that "human history is the story of the evolution of our practical life activities." Practical life is a collaborative activity that creates community and culture. One's adaptation to life through the daily work of ordering our environment…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Daily Living Skills, Child Development, Educational Philosophy
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
Sackett, Ginni – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Ginni Sackett shares insights ignited by a presentation given by Professori Raniero Regni in Rome at an AMI International Trainers Meeting. Dr. Regni stated that, "To go beyond Montessori is to rediscover Montessori. Montessori is waiting for us in the future." By re-examining Montessori's writings, Sackett traces the subtle ways in…
Descriptors: Scientists, Montessori Method, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices
Andrews, Sarah Werner – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Parents as partners is a slight digression in title from the grace and courtesy theme of the journal, but it builds its argument around the concept of cooperative relations between the parents and the school. Sarah speaks of the perception of the teacher and parents as each being unique and particular to the life and personality of each child. The…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Parent Role, Parent Participation, School Culture
MacDonald, Greg – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Greg MacDonald cites much research on the pros and cons of technology for children of all ages and gives the reader the information and space to sort out what their own policy will be. He supports the use of computers in elementary classrooms if there is a practical purpose, a group project, or no alternative approach available, such as for…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Information Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary School Students
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
Shiva, Vandana – NAMTA Journal, 2013
A lyrical storyteller, Vandana Shiva begins from the roots of the Chipko movement in India, under the canopy of the Himalayan forests while listening to the teachings of the forest. Her evolution of ideas, first based in the history of science and then in the creation of an Earth University on her own Navdanya's farm, suggests a mind's journey to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Forestry, Story Telling, Indians
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Baker, Kay M. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Asserts that although there are distinct characteristics to each of Montessori's planes of development, there is no separation, especially between early childhood and childhood. Suggests that these first two planes of education could fall under one "Children's House," and points to the path of responsibility and the steps toward living in society…
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy
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Hutchison, David – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Examines educational resistance to nature study, focusing on the subtle resistance evident in the vicarious approach that limits nature study to books and videos, while ignoring the sensory richness and kinship developed through direct connection with the natural world. Suggests that environmental science, citizen education, inquiry learning,…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Theories
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Dubble, Sharon L. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Applies the principles of development and integration to the maturation of Montessori schools. Suggests that evaluative inquiry be used as the basis for community inquiry and problem solving by Montessori staff so that reflection, questioning, and decision making result in the highest level of Montessori implementation. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Decision Making, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices
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