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  • Persistence in the Second Plane

    Children in the First Plane of development are learning how to push through struggles, how to try again and again and again, often motivated by an internal drive toward their own independence and mastery. Children in the Second Plane are typically already independent in their daily needs. Finally, we know, too, that it's often going to be bumpy in the Second Plane.

  • Freedom to Interact (or Not) In the Second Plane

    We know that one of the noticeable changes as children move into the Second Plane of development is their new interest in social settings and groups. You'll see teachers engaged in private conversation with one or two children at a time, so quietly that no one else notices that the teacher is even involved in resolving a conflict. Instead, we seek to prepare environments that balance children's burgeoning social savvy with chances to step back, observe and reflect, understanding that, while children in the Second Plane can look and speak as though they're grown, the classroom still needs to be a place in which they can sometimes be small.

  • Movement in the Second Plane

    Remember what distinguishes the Second Plane of Development, that window from six to twelve years old. Moving out of the "construction of the individual" that marks zero to six, children in the Second Plane are capable of more abstract thinking, of moral reasoning and far more complex social development. The essential Freedom of Movement takes on new importance in this plane, moving from the physical growth and cognitive impact of early childhood to be an important tool as children develop relationships with others and a sense of themselves. Finally, because learners at this plane are so intrinsically driven to time with their peers, the classroom allows space for groups of children to gather together comfortably.

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  • About the Author | montessoridaoshi

    In addition to her teaching at Vanderbilt, she is the author of two books on Montessori education and compassionate teaching, i and , and a teacher-centered text for integrating the arts in early childhood and elementary classroom.

  • About the Blog | montessoridaoshi

    I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE. I've been a Montessori teacher, teacher educator and mom for most of the last twenty-five years. This space is designed to support parents and teachers, translating Montessori practices for the home, the classroom, and the community. ​ ​ Please feel free to share these posts with attribution to Catherine McTamaney. "Mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation." ​ MARIA MONTESSORI NOT SURE WHERE TO START? Whether you're a parent considering a Montessori path for your child or a freshly-minted guide stepping into the classroom, here are a few places I might suggest as a point of departure: Common misconceptions MONTESSORI 101 “An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” ​ MARIA MONTESSORI WHY MONTESSORI DAOSHI? In the tradition of Taoism, the Daoshi serves as a facilitator of other people's thinking, rather than what would be considered the role of a traditional priest. I hope this blog, too, clears the path for your own learning as parents, guides, and guardians of the children in your lives. ​ ​ HAVE A QUESTION? Thanks! Message sent. Send

  • ABOUT | montessoridaoshi

    I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE. I've been a Montessori teacher, teacher educator and mom for most of the last twenty-five years. This space is designed to support parents and teachers, translating Montessori practices for the home, the classroom, and the community. ​ ​ Please feel free to share these posts with attribution to Catherine McTamaney. "Mankind can hope for a solution to its problems, among which the most urgent are those of peace and unity, only by turning its attention and energies to the discovery of the child and to the development of the great potentialities of the human personality in the course of its formation." ​ MARIA MONTESSORI NOT SURE WHERE TO START? Whether you're a parent considering a Montessori path for your child or a freshly-minted guide stepping into the classroom, here are a few places I might suggest as a point of departure: Common misconceptions MONTESSORI 101 “An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” ​ MARIA MONTESSORI WHY MONTESSORI DAOSHI? In the tradition of Taoism, the Daoshi serves as a facilitator of other people's thinking, rather than what would be considered the role of a traditional priest. I hope this blog, too, clears the path for your own learning as parents, guides, and guardians of the children in your lives. ​ ​ HAVE A QUESTION? Thanks! Message sent. Send

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