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ERIC Number: EJ1008543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
Best Practices in Montessori Secondary Programs
Donahoe, Marta
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v25 n2 p16-24 Sum 2013
This article is the result of years of study, both formal and informal; hundreds of hours of traditional and Montessori classroom observations; reading and digesting articles and books on secondary education, Montessori education, adolescent brain research, leadership, and best practices in education; and most enlightening of all, 20 years of probing conversation, queries, and new awareness developed with Penny HildeBrandt Cichucki, Sheila Coad-Bernard, Betsy Coe, and Barb Scholtz--four of the author's closest colleagues and friends. One of the many things the five of them have noticed is that upon first observation, the Montessori secondary classroom may look like any wonderfully planned and orchestrated secondary classroom adhering to best practices for that level. For that reason, it makes sense that many Montessorians are unclear about what Montessori at the secondary level should look like. In an attempt to invite dialogue and conversation rather than creating a closed-ended definition, they have created a list they call "What Will I See in a Best Practice Secondary Classroom?" It contains observable characteristics of well-run traditional and Montessori secondary classrooms. Following this list is a discussion of ways in which Montessori at the secondary level differs from the traditional classroom. ["Best Practices in Montessori Secondary Programs" was written with Penny HildeBrandt Cichucki, Sheila Coad-Bernard, Betsy Coe, and Barb Scholtz.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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