A Simple Introduction to the Montessori Education Method

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Tweet The Montessori Education Method is a special method of education that was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The method was designed to ensure that children are given the right level of education in accordance with their needs. Most of the material for this method came from observations of children’s needs from all over the world. […]

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Freedom in Structure – Lessons From Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma performs Dvorak's Cello Concerto with conductor Juanjo Mena and the BSO Tuesday night. Photo: Stu Rosner

Tweet My mom and I went to the symphony on Tuesday evening.  We saw Yo-Yo Ma perform DVOŘÁK’s Cello Concerto.  It was, in a word, amazing! It was the way Yo-Yo Ma performed the music.  He didn’t play it, didn’t even perform it, he experienced it right there in front of us making the music […]

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The Need for Parameters

Tweet The other morning, I was half watching Oswald with my kids while we snuggled on the couch: my kids eyes glued to the pre-school program, mine on my Kindle reading up on The Help.    Every so often, I would get distracted and glance up to the TV to watch the odd characters go […]

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Poking Boxes

Tweet Ever sit with an object and tried to figure out all the things it could do?  What noises it could make…  How it could move…  What you could pick up with it…  Then you’ve experienced “poking a box.” Ever take a camera and shoot a photo of the same thing multiple times?  What angle […]

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Providing for Creativity in Students

Tweet Every year at this time, our fourth grade team starts to prepare our students for their “Fourth Grade Celebration.”  It is not a graduation, but rather a time when the students and teachers create a performance that celebrates their time at the Cashman Elementary School as they prepare for middle school. Our theme this […]

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The Beauty of Improv

Tweet With April here, I can’t help but reflect on the ideas of improvisation!  It’s Jazz Appreciation Month and National Poetry Month.  Jazz and poetry: two art forms that emulate improv! “Improvisation is the practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of […]

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Poetry in Balance – Part 1: Appreciation

Tweet Last night on #ntchat (New Teacher chat) we discussed resources and ideas to use for National Poetry Month.    During the chat, someone tweeted me a “ponder”: I was taught a poet, then made 2 mimic. Valuable? Exposure was, not regurgitation. how to start? #ntchat ~@theHelpGroup To which I replied: I hear ya! There needs […]

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When You Can Make it Jazz – Creativity through Rigor

Tweet A few days back I saw this tweet from @educatoral: I followed the link to find this video by Sir Ken Robinson. I found his reply to be very complete. You truly need discipline and skill in order to release your creative potential. It also reminded me of a post from the “Freedom in […]

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Happy Teachers, Happy Kids

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Tweet The title says it all here.  The question then becomes, “How do you make teachers happy?” Happy Teachers are Driven Teachers I would like to take some time to refer to Daniel Pink, a motivational speaker in the business world.  He is an author, consultant and speaker who speaks mostly of business related issues, […]

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