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The 3-Period Lesson: Does It Exist in Elementary?

“I give very few lessons on how to give lessons…” Maria Montessori, as quoted in Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, by E.M. Standing © 1957 (pg. 307) Did you know that the 3-Period lesson, a hallmark of Montessori methodology, was not “invented” by Montessori at all?  That credit goes to the 19th century psychiatrist, …

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Auto-Education: Too risky for older students? Will students learn only what they want
and not what they need to know?

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“It is therefore necessary that the environment should contain the means of auto-education” Dr. Maria Montessori, The Advanced Montessori Method – I (1918/1991) p. 57 It invariably comes up in workshops with non-Montessorians or parents: “Don’t they have to be able to take tests for when they go to middle and high school? Will so …

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and not what they need to know?
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3-Hour Work Cycle? You’ve GOT to be kidding!

 “…when the cycle is completed…refreshed and satisfied, he experiences the higher social impulses…” -Dr. Maria Montessori, The Advanced Montessori Method – I (1918/1991)  pg. 76 Is the 3-hour work cycle challenging you or your students? From time management to task management, sorting out how to effectively get through the 3-hour work cycle can be a …

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Montessori Secondary: The Bridge to Triumphant (Young) Adults

“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” Dr. Maria Montessori | Education and Peace Maria Montessori didn’t leave secondary guides a lot to …

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How to Link “Appropriate Work Choices” to “Inspired Learning”

“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator.” Maria Montessori Source: The Discovery of the Child (1948), Ch. 8 : The Exercises, p. 141 I read a social media post about a 4-year-old who was not choosing challenging work…according to the adult who wrote it. …

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Student-Engagement through Inspiration: How to Do It!, How to BE It!

Student-Engagement: It’s one of the most common issues, worries, or frustrations (You can fill in the blank with whatever emotion fits for you!) posed by Montessori teachers, and which I have experienced myself, is lack of engagement.  You know the ones I mean:  the social butterflies who seem to flit from table to table getting …

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Wonder, Discovery and Academic Skills…
Unlikely, Impossible, or
the Essence of Cosmic Education?

All teachers want their students to be engaged in learning, inspired to go deep into a subject, and, when everything works well, filled with WONDER! Even for Montessori teachers, in today’s world of high-stakes testing, much of the focus is on drilling academic skills using beads and cards, leaving the wonder behind. Teaching to the test was …

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Unlikely, Impossible, or
the Essence of Cosmic Education?
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