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10 Things Great Teachers Demonstrate

10 Things Great Teachers Demonstrate

uite often, we don’t give teachers the credit they deserve. I mean, first of all, they spend all day with kids—something that would drive most of us mad. But beyond that, they do so much more. Not only do they teach our children, they spend more time with our children than we (parents) do; they […]

A Question of Leadership

A Question of Leadership

uring the U.S. election season, one Montessori school approached the subject with a focus on leadership, rather than the electoral process or government. The students at Upper Rochester cities, Elementary Montessori School discussed the need for leaders to both represent and guide communities in states, and countries. Who do we want as a president, congress(wo)man, […]

What? An Evaluation?

o one will ever know your child like you do, and you see aspects of your child that no teacher ever will, but the reverse is also true. Your child’s teacher sees aspects of your child that you may never get to see. Your child’s teacher sees him as he is learning to be part […]

Where Are They Now: Montessori Graduate, Maya Wei-Haas

Where Are They Now: Montessori Graduate, Maya Wei-Haas

MONTESSORI FOUNDATION: Please tell us, at what age did you start attending Undercroft Montessori? WEI-HAAS: I started at Undercroft when I was around six years old. MONTESSORI FOUNDATION: How many years did you attend? WEI-HAAS: I stayed at Undercroft as long as I possibly could! I left in 1998 because, at the time, the Montessori […]

The Curve Of Work: First Year Primary

The Curve Of Work: First Year Primary

The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. It lays the whole basis for his character and social behavior”  Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) believed that children have an inner directive for their optimum self-construction and that concentration was the key to their natural development. This was perhaps one of her major contributions to the […]

Book Review: Culturally Responsive Teaching The Brain

Book Review: Culturally Responsive Teaching The Brain

The book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, written by Zaretta Hammond, examines the philosophy and implementation of culturally responsive teaching in the context of current research and knowledge of neuropsychology and its impact on student behavior and response. The book seeks to connect current brain research and culturally responsive teaching with the question “what […]

Montessori A Model For Inclusive Education?

Montessori A Model For Inclusive Education?

More and more students with a diversity of unique behavior and learning needs are enrolling in Montessori classrooms in independent, public, and charter Montessori schools. And, more and more Montessori school leaders and classroom teachers are expressing their concerns: “I don’t know how to work with these kids.” “There are just too many challenges in […]