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Book Review: What Great Teachers Do Differently- 17 Things That Matter Most

Book Review: What Great Teachers Do Differently- 17 Things That Matter Most

I have to admit, that the book What Great Teachers Do Differently, 17 Things That Matter Most (2nd Edition) was recommended to me during an IMC Conference more than a year ago, and it sat on my dresser taking a back seat to work, daily life, and other books until just recently. Picking it up […]

IMC Teacher Education: Community, Flexibility, Quality, And Innovation

IMC Teacher Education: Community, Flexibility, Quality, And Innovation

The original mission of the International Montessori Council (IMC) did not include teacher education. In fact, IMC existed for many years without any affiliated teacher education programs. The IMC’s main focus in those early years, and still today, is creating an open-minded and open-hearted Montessori organization. Eleven years ago, that mission expanded with the approval […]

The Normalization Of New Teachers

The Normalization Of New Teachers

Normalization is one of those Montessori terms that is often used casually, with little understanding of its true meaning and significance. We use normalization to describe a child or a classroom that is highly functioning. Dr. Montessori said, “Normalization is the most important single result of our whole work” (Montessori, 1995). While she was clear […]

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 […]

Montessori Teacher Supports For Children With Exceptionalities

Montessori Teacher Supports For Children With Exceptionalities

Supports for children who have special needs have been legally mandated for several decades in the United States. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act became law in 1990 and was updated in 2004.  Public schools must provide Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with documented needs that meet the law’s specified criteria. IEPs identify needed […]