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Storytelling and Executive Functioning

Storytelling and Executive Functioning

All classroom teachers have had experiences with children who have difficulty in school; often, it’s unclear why. We might try a number of things and still find frustration. Often, the students clearly want to do well and evince great potential, but their difficulties...
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 […]

Testing The Test

Testing The Test

This article appeared in Montessori Leadership in 2010 Test taking and test scores have become the singularity of education. Teacher performance and, in turn, school house performance, is validated primarily through children’s test scores. The rationale is that teachers are teaching, performing if, and only if children achieve high test scores. The justification is, finally, […]

Five day a week attendance

The Uninterrupted Three-Hour Work Cycle

Introduction: Throughout the Montessori world schools are struggling with the issue of balancing the wish to incorporate extra activities and programs into the school day while preserving the uninterrupted three-hour work. Teachers often feel as if they don’t have enough uninterrupted time to allow students to immerse themselves in work of choice, and specialist teachers […]

Practically Speaking (About Practical Life)

Practically Speaking (About Practical Life)

The practical life exercises are the very foundation for the Montessori classroom. Concentration and development stem from these essential exercises. In this essay, I will discuss the importance of these exercises in conjunction with their aims and presentation. Practical life exercises take on different appearances in different cultures. No matter if a child is setting […]