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IB Is Something I Never Expected I Would End Up Doing

IB Is Something I Never Expected I Would End Up Doing

by Madison Dodd, NewGate Student I have always pursued alternative education, whether that be through Montessori, Waldorf, or homeschool. Therefore, it was a shock to me to think that I would be involved in a program so widely recognized across all types of schools. I...
Experiential Learning at the Secondary Level: NewGate School

Experiential Learning at the Secondary Level: NewGate School

by Amy Kremer-Treibly, NewGate Secondary Guide, Master of Experiential Education ”Only practical work and experience lead the young to maturity.”  – MARIA MONTESSORI, THE ABSORBENT MIND In NewGate’s Montessori learning environment there are several...
Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Sample Discipline Policy – Damariscotta Montessori School (based on positive discipline)

Damariscotta Montessori School uses positive discipline, which is implemented in a developmentally and age-appropriate fashion to meet the needs of the individual child. Our focus is on how to help children resolve problems and empower them to have a successful...
Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

Helping Children to Be Successful: Developing Grit

by Rachel Buechler A little girl sits at the table with the Snap Dressing Frame. She has picked it up several times before today and quickly returned it to its stand after a short attempt. Today she picks it up and places it on the table. She tries the first snap; it...
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...
Celebrations of the Sun

Celebrations of the Sun

by Matt Levin In our classroom last year, we took notice of the approach of Hannukah, D’wali, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Solstice, all holidays of lights in the darkness. For twenty years, our school’s had an enrichment of diverse ethnic backgrounds, and even when, back then, we sang mostly Christmas and Hannukah songs we strove for […]

Swings and roundabouts: risk anxiety and the everyday worlds of children.

Swings and roundabouts: risk anxiety and the everyday worlds of children.

Sociology 11/1998 Scott, Sue Jackson, Stevi Backett-Milburn, Kathryn A number of key antinomies have emerged in relation to children and childhood in late modernity: in particular, contradictions between recognising children’s autonomy and the increasing emphasis on child protection; the paradoxical perception of children as both at risk and as a potential threat to other children […]

Science for Everyday — Self-Assessment Question List for Teachers

Science for Everyday — Self-Assessment Question List for Teachers

Self-Assessment Question List for Teachers: from “Science for Everyday; A Montessori Based Science Curriculum” by Erin Galvin Gutierrez This is just the beginning of an endless list of questions to ask, but it is a start. Learning something about one’s teaching methods can be a difficult task, but it is just as important as student […]

Weather Kids

Weather Kids

by E.G.Gutierrez NAME OF ACTIVITY: Weather Kids AREA: Science/Weather MATERIALS: A class notebook, colored pencils. AIMS: Observation skills, communication, data collection. PREPARATION: None PRESENTATION BY THE TEACHER: Presentation: You can explain weather to the children as the way it outside; is it sunny, cloudy, rainy, hot, cold, warm, cool, windy? How does it look or […]

Science for Everyday — Student Assessment Question List

Science for Everyday — Student Assessment Question List

  Student Assessment Question List: from “Science for Everyday; A Montessori Based Science Curriculum” by Erin Galvin Gutierrez Student assessment in the form of questions tends to be an effective tool. Some questions teachers may consider about students follow: Are they grasping the processes involved in the lesson? Are they able to carry out the […]

Science for Everyday – Nature Walk

Science for Everyday – Nature Walk

By E.G. Gutierrez Lesson Plan: Nature Walk NAME OF ACTIVITY: Nature Walk AREA: Science/Observation/Classification MATERIALS: A large piece of paper to make a giant graph on (the kind of paper you can get on a roll works best or tape together large pieces of construction paper!). Magic markers to label the rows and columns once […]

Science for Everyday — Thermometers

Science for Everyday — Thermometers

By E.G. Gutierrez NAME OF ACTIVITY: Thermometers AREA: Science/Weather MATERIALS: You will need a durable and easy to read thermometer. You may even get a few; a digital thermometer, a traditional mercury” (not really mercury anymore!) thermometer, and a round mountable dial thermometer, water of different temperatures, ice, frozen cold packs. AIMS: Observation skills, data […]