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It all started with a butterfly.

9 May, 2014 / 0 comments

As Mother’s Day approached I found myself facing the annual question: What should we do for the mother’s of our students? A couple of weeks ago I was milling around one of the Montessori forums and a Children’s House guide posed the same question. Specifically she wondered if doing hand and foot crafts were too…

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What does career readiness mean?

2 February, 2014 / 0 comments

There’s a lot of talk in schools these days about college and career readiness. Increasingly, we are focusing our efforts on cultivating skills that will prepare our adolescents to be successful not only in college but the workplace. Schools, both public and private, must address what it really means to prepare their students for their…

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Sometimes you just want to read.

26 January, 2014 / 0 comments

While working with one my students in our library I was reminded of a simple truth about reading: all reading serves a purpose.  We were inventorying our books while creating a list of titles to add to our shelf.  Some of his choices surprised me.  In addition to your typical young adult novels and classics,…

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Real Math Has a Context

16 December, 2013 / 0 comments

As an Upper Elementary teacher I loved reading Jon Scieszka’s Math Curse during read-a-loud. It comically points out something that we try to impress on our students: Math is everywhere. It is an unavoidable truth. Math was developed as a means of analyzing and communicating what we see and use in the world around us….

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Adolescence Doesn’t Mean Trouble

2 December, 2013 / 0 comments

There seems to be a lot of anxiety among adults when facing children approaching the onset of adolescence. A quick search on Amazon for parenting teenagers yields an interesting response. Many books seem to approach teenagers as a trial that must be endured. Some seem to view parenting teens as nothing less than preparing for…

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Rediscovering Distance: The Subtle Genius of Montessori Mathematics

20 November, 2013 / 0 comments

There are simple joys in teaching that cannot be fully described. I love watching as students discover new concepts through their own exploration and observation. That moment when a student sees something new was always a powerful motivator for me. Every now and then the excitement comes from them showing me new ways of thinking…

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Valorization: A new term for a new plane of development

15 November, 2013 / 0 comments

Montessori discussions are filled with terms known only to those in the know; normalization, sensorial, prepared environment. From the beginning parents and educators are faced with a multitude of new terms and information about the needs and development of our children. As our children enter adolescence we are clearly faced with a different learner with…

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