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Bettmann, Joen – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Joen Bettmann's depiction of practical life exercises as character-building reveals how caring, careful, and independent work leads to higher self-esteem, more concern for others, better understanding for academic learning, and a self-nurturing, respectful classroom community. Particular aspects of movement and silence exercises bring out what…
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Behavior Standards, Altruism, Childhood Attitudes
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
Holtvluwer, Nichole – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Nichole Holtvluwer writes for fellow guides who work in the toddler community. Recognizing that communication with parents is the most important path to serving the child, Holtvluwer offers concrete advice beginning with the guide's most important stance: withholding judgment. She details four steps to working with parents or caregivers: building…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Parent Child Relationship, Self Esteem, Montessori Method
Lawrence, Lynne – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Lynne Lawrence puts forward the solemn belief that each child is fulfilling the destiny of every human being. As children make their own contributions to their unique family, society, and global life, they are putting the common good above their own needs. Lawrence begins her case for universality with a moving statement from an African teacher in…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Teacher Education, Child Development, Spiritual Development
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
Ludick, Pat – NAMTA Journal, 2014
A theory paper that gives a universal portrait of the "noble adolescent" directly quotes from Montessori. Pat Ludick defines the adolescent as they search for their future roles in a changing world, seek a happy life, form a compatible and collaborative personality, learn humility, and become aware of the head-heart duality. The…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Adolescent Development, Personality Development
Blase, Dean Woodring; Donahoe, Marta – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Clark Montessori Junior and Senior High School was the first public Montessori high school in the US. Marta Donahoe and Dean Blase outline the roots and founding principles of Clark Montessori in the context of Montessori pedagogy. Woven throughout this discussion of the Montessori high school environment are guiding principles that Clark adopted…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, High Schools, Educational Principles
Coulter, Patricia – NAMTA Journal, 2015
This article is placed at the end of this journal for the spiritual discussion of grace and courtesy: the child's relationship with God. It is chapter three of Patricia Coulter's new book," Like Leaven," which touches on the highest order of grace, one that comes through the child and is expanded to the parent's spirituality as…
Descriptors: Christianity, Spiritual Development, Children, Parent Child Relationship
McNees, David – NAMTA Journal, 2015
David McNees' deep foray into creativity theory and drama begins with mindfulness as a preparation for adolescent focus. This article discusses role incarnation, the correlation of the three-period lesson to Landy's role theory, the creation and re-creation of personal story and identity, archetypal heroes, and how the adaptability learned in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Creativity, Metacognition, Drama
Rogers, Jennifer – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Jennifer Rogers writes with apt and lyrical snippets from her perspective as a Montessori parent and from her long history as a primary guide. This short piece examines the word "grace" from multiple facets and serves as a meditation that uplifts and reminds us "that the life of a child is a gift."
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Spiritual Development, Religion
Stephenson, Margaret E. – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Margaret Stephenson begins with the reasoning elementary child as he answers questions about "all things." She centers on the unity of knowledge, leading "from the whole via the parts back to the whole." Imagination is enhanced to bring abstraction to an engaging and lofty motivation, and the elementary self is referred to as…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Holistic Approach, Educational Methods, Montessori Method
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Ludick, Patricia – NAMTA Journal, 2003
It is within the prepared environment of the adolescent learning community that the adult comes into full connection with Montessori's universal picture of optimal development. Adolescents' search for meaning enables adults to come to a clearer understanding of the human condition. Thus, teachers of adolescents must endeavor to model the ideals of…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Adult Child Relationship, Individual Development
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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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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Describes spirituality as occurring when one invests energy in goals beyond the self. Summarizes research on cooperation and challenge and self satisfaction during high school and college. Identifies components of Montessori education contributing to spiritual development, and asserts that educators need to help children develop goals beyond…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Education, Evolution, Montessori Method
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Gebhardt-Seele, Peter – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Describes cosmic education as the Montessori guide for educating 6- to 12-year-olds. Discusses practical consequences of Montessori's ideas, including the selection of the "great story," the need for physics at the elementary level to teach the laws of nature, the citizen's responsibility for the earth's survival, the importance of…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Children, Classroom Environment, Educational Practices
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