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Joyce, Maura – NAMTA Journal, 2014
Maura Joyce's clear approach to initiating parent education is to recognize where the parents are on their own journey as parents. By listening to the parents' hopes, fears, and desired outcomes for their children acknowledges the family's perspective and brings mutuality into a shared community. Maura Joyce encourages the use of questionnaires…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Questionnaires, Feedback (Response), Parent Teacher Cooperation
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
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
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Summarizes proceedings of a 1-day seminar co-sponsored by NAMTA and Taliesin West, home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Discusses authentic progress in educational practices such as those of Maria Montessori and Wright, whose innovative legacies became traditions within their fields. Concludes that innovation comes when founding…
Descriptors: Architecture, Change Strategies, Conference Proceedings, Conferences
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Kahn, David – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Describes evolution of the Montessori perspective as Montessori adolescent programs attempt to reinforce the elementary and early childhood stages. Asserts that although development of these programs is experimental and undefined, a crystallization point around the whole of Montessori may occur amid diverse implementation. Asserts that Montessori…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Child Development, Educational Environment, Educational Principles
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Gebhardt-Seele, Peter – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Describes essential concepts related to the root of defining the child's motivation and the process of Montessori education. Emphasizes the "horme" (inner urge), normalization, the prepared environment, the Four Planes of Development, cosmic education, and the cosmic task in both natural and human context, and the new potential of the adolescent…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Development, Classroom Techniques, Educational Environment
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Haines, Annette M. – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Draws upon Maria Montessori's writings to examine work as a universal human tendency throughout life. Discusses the work of adaptation of the infant, work of "psycho-muscular organism" for the preschooler, work of the imagination for the elementary child, community work of the adolescent, and work of the adult. Asserts that…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Child Development, Children, Community
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Kinzer-Brackbill, Kim – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Describes one teacher's approach to process writing, a mainstay for Montessori adolescent classrooms. The premise of the method is that everyone has the natural potential to write and that the emergence of the inner voice must be nurtured by extended conferencing and revision combined with taking risks, experimenting, and continually revising.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Childrens Writing, Creative Writing, Elementary Secondary Education
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Montessori, Maria – NAMTA Journal, 2001
Considers the relationship between elementary and secondary education. Asserts that mixed-aged groups with a difference of 3 years promote cooperation and mutual support. Discusses scouting and sports as a means of fulfilling the void of purely academic schooling, asserting that organizations of this type provide youth with opportunities to…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Athletics, Educational Change
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Wentworth, Roland A. Lubienski – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses the meaning of discipline and the absence of coercion within a Montessori framework, noting the importance of social skills for the development of creativity. Highlights aspects of teaching methodology for elementary and high schools. (JPB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Development, Discipline, Educational Practices
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Verschuur, Mary B. – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Provides a participant's commentary on a seminar discussing authentic progress in innovative educational practices such as those of Maria Montessori and Frank Lloyd Wright. Notes that there was agreement among participants regarding basic parameters around which innovation within limits was possible. Concludes that innovation is possible when…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Conferences, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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Hart, Roger A. – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Argues the need for children to have contact with the natural world and a role in the preservation of the environment. Explains that children's roles in sustainable development can occur only when adults allow children to act independently. Outlines problems with current ways of involving children in environmental movements. (JS)
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Rights, Conservation Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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NAMTA Journal, 1993
Excerpts from the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development's report "Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century," issued in 1989, indicate the need to develop a more adolescent-centered approach to education in the middle grades that is very similar to the basic ideas of the Montessori method. (MDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Educational Change, Educational Innovation
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