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November 23, 2019

The month or so between Halloween and the Winter holidays is, for many teachers, a time of chaos and unpredictability. Schedules are awry. Noses are sniffling and everyone seems to be under the weather, and the actual weather is a rollercoaster of warm days and cold, s...

November 22, 2019

“Time Out.” “The Naughty Chair.” “Take A Break.” It’s got lots of names, but it generally works the same way. The child breaks a rule. The parent or teacher sends him or her to a special chair or bench to “think about it,” until enough time has passed that the child is...

November 21, 2019

It seems like every morning, I'm being recommended readings on children, youth and anxiety. And I guess I'm not surprised to see so much research now about the links between smartphone use, anxiety and depression in our youth. My daughter (and avid smartphone aficionad...

November 19, 2019

A father I was chatting with recently pointed out the irony of my web-based-recommendation that we unplug and go outside more. I get it. The screens in front of us are important, critical tools in how we engage professionally, economically, civically. That's true and i...

November 16, 2019

"The vision of the teacher should be at once precise like that of the scientist, and spiritual like that of the saint. The preparation for science and the preparation for sanctity should form a new soul, for the attitude of the teacher should be at once positive, scien...

November 14, 2019

It's November... about eight weeks or so into most classroom's academic year, and the time when we start to think of the environments settling in. The tears of the first few days of school may be less often. Hopefully, by now, the children have practiced rolling their...

November 12, 2019

It's already November, when school routines feel a little more settled and we're starting to feel more at ease. Just as the air starts to turn to autumn and the classroom starts to feel a little less panicked every day, we're hit with the Autumn Rush, that wild time be...

November 9, 2019

Math is a language of the spirit. 

Really. 

When Montessori acknowledged that the tendency toward the construction of the mathematical mind was universal among human development, I don't think she meant rote memorization of times tables or the order of operations. We are...

September 28, 2019

We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. 

- Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential 

The children evoke every possible emotion from us: love, heartache, frustr...

September 21, 2019

When I was a much younger teacher, I had a student enigma, one of those kids who, despite everything I presented or didn't, despite the language we used or the structures we put in place, I just couldn't understand. It was one of the hardest years of  my teaching caree...

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