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Why are Children so Different Today

Why are Children so Different Today

by Jane Nelsen, EdD and Chip DeLorenzo, MEd   When working with Montessori teachers, we always start by asking them to list their current stressors. Inevitably, they share that children exhibit a high degree of disrespect, entitlement, and lack of...
Staying Neutral: How To Manage Siblings Fighting

Staying Neutral: How To Manage Siblings Fighting

You know the scene. Two children both want the same thing. Or one of them is hurting the other. Or they are complaining and nagging each other. We can’t help ourselves, we come to the rescue. “Why don’t you go first, and then the other one can have a turn next?” “Why...
Best Practices in Montessori by Betsy Hoke

Best Practices in Montessori by Betsy Hoke

BEST PRACTICES IN MONTESSORI Montessori Foundation Conference November 2012 by Betsy Hoke Delve into Montessori’s theory to discover how perfectly it fits the needs of children in 2012. Yet, we can go astray when we take shortcuts, respond to parents’ demands, are pressured to meet standards or misinterpret such common Montessori terms as follow the […]

Peacemaking Circles

Peacemaking Circles

Montessorians are familiar with the daily “Circle” and use this important practice for starting or closing the day, but the Peacemaking Circle or Conferencing approach has become part of restorative practices in schools, workplaces, prisons, and Court systems around the country and throughout the world. Based on ancient practices of aboriginal peoples, this approach creates […]

Peace and Punishment

Peace and Punishment

An article on Discipline without Violence There are many instances in Dr. Montessori’s work where she explains why she “eventually…gave up either punishing or rewarding the children”.(1) She explains that this method is “always a form of repression”(2), and is based upon our – in her opinion tragically erroneous – belief that children “come into […]

The Flow of Montessori

The Flow of Montessori

The pre-eminent psychologist, Mihaly Csikszenthihalyi’s, famous inquiries into the psychology of ‘optimal experience’ have reshaped the way in which many disciplines – from sport to business management – look at concentration. His theory has explored a deeply satisfying state of consciousness, which he calls flow. I believe that this theory has much to offer to […]