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Donahoe, Marta – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 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…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Montessori Method, Secondary Education, Classroom Environment
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Weinberg, David R. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2011
What must never be forgotten by the Montessori teacher, or by any teacher of young children, is that his or her "primary" task, his or her "primary" obligation, his or her "primary" sacred duty is not the teaching of the "three Rs" but that of nurturing the psychological health of the child. Every element of Montessori methodology is designed for…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Psychologists, Young Children, Psychology
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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2009
The aim of this article is to serve as a framework for lessons and experiences in grateful living. The objectives in teaching gratitude are to give children opportunities: (1) to create experiences that cultivate an awareness of abundance; (2) to experience and appreciate simple pleasures; (3) to understand how others contribute to a sense of…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Journal Writing, Well Being, Consciousness Raising
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Drake, Meg – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2008
In this millennium, educators are faced with a number of issues that Dr. Maria Montessori could not have predicted. Today, students are different from the children Dr. Montessori observed in her "Casa dei Bambini." They are influenced by technology in all its forms. Some suffer from medical problems such as complex food allergies, which wreak…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Personality Traits, Student Development, Student Needs
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Haskins, Cathleen – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2008
The picture book is a simple yet profound tool for teaching peace. Picture books are nearly pieces of art--with rich text accompanied by illustrations, paintings, and photographs that speak to the spirit of the child. They are an ideal peace resource, in part because they are readily accessible for all age levels. Books can be borrowed through…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Picture Books, Peace, School Libraries
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Enright, Mary Schaefer; Schaefer, Lawrence V.; Schaefer, Patricia S.; Schaefer, Kristin A. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2008
Lawrence Kohlberg, a psychologist, coined the term "Just Community" to describe a community built on trust and resolution, in which each member participates democratically in the development of the rules and regulations that govern their community life (Kohlberg, 1985). In a school, this means that students and teachers alike actively participate…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Trust (Psychology), Democratic Values, Educational Environment
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Harger, Jeni – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2008
In this article, the author discusses how the JUCONI Foundation in Puebla, Mexico is helping children. (JUCONI is an acronym for "Junto con los Ninos", or "Together with the Children)." This Mexican nongovernmental organization (NGO) has been successfully working with distressed families and children in Puebla since 1989. For…
Descriptors: Nongovernmental Organizations, Foreign Countries, Montessori Method, Public Education
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Powell, Mark – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2007
Recess beckons well before it actually arrives. Its allure can be heard in children's lunchtime conversations as they discuss imaginary roles, plans, alliances and teams, with an obvious appetite for play and its unbounded possibility. For some children, recess provides the most important reasons to come to school. In team sports, games of chase…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Social Justice, Moral Values, Montessori Schools
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McKenzie, Ginger Kelley – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2007
They are adolescents--and those who work with them must understand them, connect with them, and make learning relevant to their lives. This article looks at recent theories and educational practices identified as appropriate for supporting the educational learning experiences of students ages 12 to 15. In this article, the author also discusses,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Early Adolescents, Educational Practices, Montessori Method
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McTamaney, Catherine – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2005
In this article, the author discusses the importance of music education in a child's development, and how music experiences affect the development of students' intellect. Music education has long been anecdotally linked to increased intellectual ability. Research suggests, though, that music education is far more than an entertaining diversion.…
Descriptors: Music Education, Montessori Method, Cognitive Development, Social Development