- love of order
- love of work
- spontaneous concentration
- attachment to reality
- love of silence and of working alone
- sublimation of the possessive instinct
- power to act from real choice
- obedience, independence and initiative
- spontaneous self-discipline
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I felt the same way when became a Montessori lead teacher in my first Montessori classroom. I understood the philosophy behind normalization and deviations, but how would I put it to practical use when the time came to approach a child who was misbehaving. What would I do? What would I say? I cannot stress enough the importance of observing veteran Montessori teachers. Even today, I am in awe of those gracious and courteous mentors. In their Montessori classrooms I could experience a place where every child was actively engaged and working and not a soul spoke above a hushed whisper. There was a sense of peace and harmony and I felt that I could dwell there forever. These are the Montessori teachers I sought out to be my mentors. These were my role models and I frequently found myself asking them for practical advice when it came to redirecting student behavior.
Redirecting student behavior in a Montessori classroom relates to how a Montessori teacher interacts with a child when she is misbehaving. Because of the importance placed on the well-prepared environment and well-prepared teachers, there should be relatively little misbehavior when the teacher is experienced and the children are normalized.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Dr. Montessori referred to these misbehaviors as "deviations", or detours from normalization. The deviations are created when development is not allowed to proceed in a normal way. If the misbehavior is not corrected, it will only become worse as time progresses.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Upon hearing the term "normalization" for the first time, most people cringe. "What do you mean my child isn't normal?" The term normalization is a term borrowed from anthropology and means "becoming a contributing member of society" (Dr. Rita Shaefer Zener, 2006). Normalization describes the process that occurs in the Montessori classroom, where young children (usually with short attention spans) learn to focus and concentrate for sustained periods of time, while deriving self-satisfaction from their work. Normalization occurs when development is proceeding normally.
Dr. Montessori stated that there are four characteristics that show that normalization is happening:
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Autism is a developmental disability that is typically diagnosed during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that impairs the functioning of the brain which impacts development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children with autism have difficulty relating to and communicating with others and they have difficulty understanding the body language and emotional expression of others.
While the causes of autism are still not known, research indicates there may be genetic factors as well as factors based on conditions affecting brain development before, during, and shortly after birth. There are still on-going discussions as to whether autism can develop later and whether allergies or dietary intolerances play a role in its development. The Montessori classroom is an environment which can help children with autism and other special needs explore and learn experience success in education.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
One of the practical life activities that really stands out in a primary Montessori classroom is the rack of dressing frames. The purpose of the dressing frames is to build concentration, coordination and control of movement, all the while encouraging children to become more independent as they learn to care for themselves.
There are several types of dressing frames:
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
To make this a more enjoyable (and educational) experience for children, here are some creative ways to have children line up.
Montessorians are well versed when it comes to protecting the Earth and its environment. Dr. Montessori believed that "The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." She also stated that "There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them in a real forest." Studying environmental protection has a lasting impact on young children. In the Montessori curriculum, the study of the 5 Great Lessons awakens the child's sense of awe and wonder. We show the interconnectedness of all things in the universe. When we talk about being stewards to the planet, we instill a sense of global awareness and foster Dr. Montessori's belief that "We are all a single organism, one nation." In honor of our Montessori educational goals and Earth Day, we've gathered some great information and activity ideas for you to use in your Montessori classroom.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Here are a few suggestions on where you can take your Montessori classroom for amazing educational experiences:
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