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Andrews, Sarah Werner – NAMTA Journal, 2017
"The children who demand more attention than others, who are disruptive, unmotivated, oppositional, aggressive, or do not give us the positive feedback we get from others…This is where we dig in and find compassion, and understanding, and the knowledge that no child wants to be disruptive, oppositional, or aggressive. They do this because…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Environmental Influences, Children, Behavior Problems
Jackson, Maggie – NAMTA Journal, 2017
"How much can one fathom in a heartbeat or know deeply at a glance? In a culture smitten with technology, what does good thinking look like?" This question sets the stage as Maggie Jackson explores society's relationship with devices and society's use of technology. She examines ways in which multitasking has jeopardized our ability to…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Freedom, Self Control, Thinking Skills
Werner Andrews, Sarah – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Drawing on both extensive professional and deeply personal experience, Sarah Werner Andrews' vision of working with children carries profound respect and love throughout her guiding insight. She shares an understanding of those children who are the most challenging and provides a framework that allows us to embrace these and all children.…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Teacher Student Relationship, Guidelines, Teacher Attitudes
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
Conklin-Moore, Alyssa – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Alyssa Conklin-Moore discusses normalization in the child under three from several perspectives. She takes an extensive look at the child, including orienting parents to the Montessori environment, the child's entrance into the environment, addressing the sensitive periods, and fostering independence, contribution, and community. She reminds the…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Child Development, Personal Autonomy
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
Lebitz, Ellen – NAMTA Journal, 2017
"To a great extent, we all must "do" in order to learn." Ellen Lebitz begins with this overarching truth as a lead-in to a close look at handwork in the elementary environment. She explains the benefits of handwork for the second-plane child, including it being a key to helping "even the most distracted children find focus…
Descriptors: Handicrafts, Montessori Method, Creativity, Experiential Learning
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
Taylor, Liesl Heide – NAMTA Journal, 2017
"Just as every child is human, every child, no matter the circumstances, deserves an education that promotes his or her development to the fullest human potential." Using Cornerstone Montessori, a public Montessori school, as a case study, Liesl Taylor sets out to show the importance and impact that the Montessori approach can have on…
Descriptors: Children, Montessori Schools, Case Studies, Elementary School Students
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
Nehring Massie, Catherine – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Catherine Nehring Massie provides important contextual information in considering children with attentional challenges. She discusses the prevalence of attentional challenges in today's culture and the contributing factors. She gives a general overview of the spectrum of attentional challenges and some of the indicators in children. Her history of…
Descriptors: Attention Control, Children, Montessori Method, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Luborsky, Barbara – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Barbabra Luborsky links the medical field and Montessori pedagogy to address atypical attention in children through the lens of the occupational therapist. She provides an overview of attention and sensory processing disorders and then informs about particular diagnoses, particularly ADHD and its comorbidity with other diagnoses. Her specific…
Descriptors: Attention, Montessori Method, Occupational Therapy, Allied Health Personnel
Murphy-Ryan, Maureen – NAMTA Journal, 2017
Maureen Murphy-Ryan offers a clinical look at attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her thorough definition of ADHD and the diagnoses that may occur simultaneously offer teachers an awareness of what this could look like in a classroom. However, it is only with professional medical input that a true diagnosis can be made and appropriate…
Descriptors: Attention Control, Montessori Method, Physicians, Medicine
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
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