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What makes a good montessori lesson?

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What makes a good montessori lesson? Many of you are probably familiar with the term ‘three period lesson.’ The three period lesson is a way of introducing vocabulary and ensuring a child understands. It is especially useful in the 3-6 age range and often in teacher training is assessed by tutors to see whether a teacher understands this basic montessori idea . You may also have some knowledge of the Montessori scope and sequence. The montessori curriculum is a spiral one that goes back on itself and has a child progresses through their time in Montessori they learn a different...

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Cooking for a purpose with early Teenagers

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As many of you know I am currently teaching in a non montessori class although I am at a different school to last year. This year I am teaching the last years of what is called primary school here in New Zealand, children aged 11-13. A colleague of mine calls what I am doing 'Montessori by stealth' as I am teaching in a Montessori way.  This last week I have taken the children for Food Technology. Technology is part of the curriculum here in NZ. This is not Technology as in computers but technology as in the process of making something for a...

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Colour coding in Montessori Elementary

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We love colours in Montessori. In Montessori 6-12 classrooms, we have a couple of ways we sort things. We try and sort shelves from left to right with the easier activities on the left. This helps the child see the progression of where they have come from and where they are going towards.Shelves are also arranged by curriculum area. While ideally, we want to use natural materials it is also helpful to label materials to help children know where things go. In my mainstream class I have a Montessori colouring system to help students know where things go. Black: History Blue: Geometry Blue: Geography Yellow: Language Red: Maths Red:...

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What is Normalisation?

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    Normalisation is a distinctly Montessori word. The word itself though can easily be misinterpreted. When speaking of a normal child is the educator speaking of an average child, a developmentally normal child or an academically average child? In fact Montessori is not speaking of any of these. To know what normalization is allows the educator to make an environment where the child is able to blossom and is freed from obstacles in their social, academic, emotional and mental path . In Montessori’s seminal work ‘The Absorbent Mind’ Maria Montessori  wrote about the young child’s formation. She discussed in this...

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What does discipline look like in Montessori?

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     This article is written based on the knowledge of the 6-12 year old child Imagine this situation:  'The teacher took a checkerboard lesson where the children were learning to read numbers on the checkerboard and compare their size. This group had children from age 5-9. One child kept calling out, after being reminded 2 times the teacher said 'M I can see you are having trouble waiting your turn, if you call out again you will have to leave the lesson because everyone needs a turn'  Discipline in a Montessori classroom’s can appear quite different to mainstream education....

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