Education

Ten Ideas for Going Green

After generations of gas guzzling SUVs, prepackaged convenience items, and people using the earth as their personal dumping ground, many argue that that earth is now in a dire situation. It has recently even become trendy to become more environmentally conscious, a process deemed “going green.”

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Helpful Foreign Language Resources

Since many people have emailed me and asked for foreign language resources in a Montessori style, I thought I’d put together some helpful links.

Keep in mind that even if the material isn’t inherently Montessori, it certainly can be used in the Montessori classroom or home. I like using a variety of materials when studying a language so that different kinds of learning styles are covered.

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Can Montessori Work in Public Schools?

Some people have the mistaken idea that the Montessori method is strictly for wealthy or privileged children. Unfortunately, due to the cost of materials and training for the teachers, Montessori is often relegated to the private sector. A growing number of school districts, however, are paving the way for Montessori in the public schools. As […]

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How To Find Your Way Through the Standardized Testing Dilemma (Part 2)

I hope you were able to read part one of this series on standardized testing: Anything But Standard: How Standardized Tests Diminish Learning. In part two, we’ll take a look at alternatives to standardized testing, as well as things that parents and teachers can do to either avoid standardized testing altogether, or at least find […]

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Anything But Standard: How Standardized Tests Diminish Learning (Part 1)

In a city in Northern California, teachers in the district’s poorest public school anxiously prepare each year to give California’s own STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) test to their students. These students hail from predominantly Hispanic families, many of whom have just arrived in the country and are living in the city’s poorest neighborhood. Gang […]

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Quality Online Games for Kids

This week, I’ve been researching websites offering games for children. I was unhappy, though not surprised, to find that every one of Google’s top 10 sites for a search on ‘educational kids games’ features either advertising or a required login. It’s understandable that website owners want to see a profit when they make an effort […]

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If John Taylor Gatto and Maria Montessori Could Meet

When New York State Teacher of the Year, John Taylor Gatto, published his essay The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher in 1991, something seemed to resonate within the minds of people across the nation. Perhaps they remembered only too well the intense boredom, frustration, and enforced conformity of their own public school years. Perhaps the truth in the […]

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Top Ten Montessori Videos on YouTube

Montessori teachers, parents, students and the media are harnessing the power of the video sharing website, YouTube, to share and spread the Montessori message. The following is a list of most popular Montessori videos on YouTube, based on the number of page views each one has received. I’ve included a short summary of each – […]

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Is the Montessori Classroom the Right Place for a Gifted Child?

After taking a brief look at giftedness in the first post of this series, I’m ready to answer the question, “Is the Montessori classroom the best place for a gifted child?” I believe the answer is a qualified “yes”. Just as in many educational conundrums, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Each school and family will […]

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Unchallenged and Disenchanted: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child

A friend of mine recently forwarded me an interesting article from Time magazine on gifted children; more specifically, on the idea that we may be failing our geniuses by not allowing them to pursue academics at their own rate. Schools often refuse to let gifted children skip grades; instead, they are sentenced to study information […]

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