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Vaz, Nimal – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Nimal Vaz takes us to the essentials of Montessori as an aid to life for all children, particularly children with special needs. She challenges teachers to truly provide experiences in nature: observing anthills, identifying bird nests, or taking an olfactory walk with a legally blind classmate. Finally, she demonstrates how a child's interest in…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Environmental Education
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
Battle, Judy Shepps – NAMTA Journal, 2016
Just as the classroom guide must prepare for observation in the classroom, so too should parents prepare themselves for classroom observation. What is the purpose of their observation? What is the procedure? What should they note? What points of awareness should they keep in mind? Using the format of a letter to parents preparing to observe in a…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Parents, Student Behavior, Elementary School Students
Haines, Annette – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Annette Haines provides a comprehensive overview of concentration across the planes. She first lays the foundation for thinking about student engagement: It must be understood that concentration is found through the interest of the child, which is guided by the sensitive periods. When we understand the child's development in this way, we can offer…
Descriptors: Attention Control, Learner Engagement, Child Development, Student Interests
Moudry, Sarah – NAMTA Journal, 2014
The infant-parent class offers the school's first opportunity for a prepared environment and utilizes observation as an important tool for parents. Purposeful work is given to both parents and their young children. Montessori principles, such as teaching sensitive periods for language and movement, convey one activity at a time for bringing…
Descriptors: Infants, Montessori Method, Young Children, Parent Participation
Roberts, Jim – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Jim Roberts captures the challenges of walking with small groups of children under six, building confidence in bushwhacking trails, and walking on brambles. Mr. Roberts gives many clues as to indirect teaching moments while enjoying the ramble with an emphasis on opening the sensory pathways without the clutter of names, which can often give young…
Descriptors: Young Children, Outdoor Education, Natural Resources, Teaching Methods
Ludick, Pat – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Pat Ludick's commentary on grace and courtesy is established by a philosophical orientation to development: Grace is oriented to the life of the interior that is consciousness and being, and courtesy moves outward to daily living where civility reflects on success with human interactions. Pat's projected grace and courtesy across the planes is…
Descriptors: Behavior Standards, Prosocial Behavior, Philosophy, Consciousness Raising
Black, Connie; Davis, Liza – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Introducing real community into the Children's House goes back to the roots of Montessori education through all-day Montessori. The all-day environment is a house where children live with a "developmental room" of Montessori materials including a living room, kitchen, dining area, bedroom, bathroom, greeting rooms, and outdoor spaces.…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Child Development, Developmental Stages
Soholt, Polli – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Polli Soholt points to normalization in the first plane as leading to the successful realization of the human personality, which is the basis of social development. Children who have cultivated concentration and purposeful work at an early age develop the virtues to become world citizens. Normalization can be assisted by certain practices: 1)…
Descriptors: Child Development, Social Attitudes, Social Development, Citizenship Education
Sackett, Ginni – NAMTA Journal, 2015
Ginni Sackett delves into the many implications of grace and courtesy, from social relations and the basis of community to respect for the child's personality. Her point of departure is modern social living with grace and dignity. Hers is an exploration over two generations of seeing grace and courtesy as a comprehensive social view that is the…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Social Influences, Montessori Method, Generational Differences
Jones, Allison; Cossentino, Jacqueline – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Allison Jones and Jacqueline Cossentino have taken the term child study to describe the work they do with children experiencing challenges. Their approach to child study attempts to change the typical question of "What is wrong with this child?" to "What is going on with this child?" They have created a system by which they try…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Child Development, Student Needs, Young Children
Baker, Kay – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Kay Baker offers a look at the needs and manifestations (observed characteristics) of the developing human being, specifically of the second-plane child. She outlines key ideas in thinking about these needs and manifestations and discerns the pedagogy associated with each. She emphasizes that the pedagogy/practice must meet the needs of the child.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Young Children, Child Development, Teaching Methods
Wright, Travis – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Travis Wright presents an important understanding of trauma that leads to a new perspective of "challenging" behaviors in the classroom. "Trauma is not an event in itself, but is instead the reaction to extremely stressful life circumstances... When children operate in overwhelming states of stress, the stress response system may…
Descriptors: Trauma, Student Needs, Coping, Young Children
Alarcón, Charo – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Charo Alarcón speaks about the work of Lumin Education in partnering with parents, Early Head Start, and a national program called Parents as Teachers (PAT) to come together to serve low-income families. Recognizing that parents cannot prioritize their child's education when they are putting all of their energy into meeting the basic needs of the…
Descriptors: Parents as Teachers, Early Intervention, Low Income Groups, At Risk Persons
Verschuur, Mary B. – NAMTA Journal, 2013
Mary Verschuur chronicles the outdoor work of Lincoln Montessori School in prairie, forest, and indoor greenhouse environments, pointing out the application of the prepared environment principles to the natural world. Implicit to the design are opportunities for caring, including various practical life exercises with outdoor tools blended into…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education
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