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Children with Exceptionalities and Montessori

In 1898 Dr. Montessori started working at the Orthophrenic School at the University of Rome with children who were considered at the time “retarded, or insane”. Nowadays, we would probably characterize these children as autistic or with developmental delays. Let’s not forget that Dr. Montessori was first and foremost a physician, a medical doctor whose …

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Battling Burnout

Emily and Amelia Nagoski may not have written Burnout especially for educators, but it sure feels like it. I ordered a copy before the episode of “Unlocking Us” got to Brené Brown’s Rapid-Fire Questions round. The pages are already underlined and dog-eared. When the stressors pile up and the pearls of meaning and goodness sometimes …

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Listening and Reflecting on the Wisdom of Trisha Moquino

I’m deeply inspired and grateful for Montessorian and co-founder of the Keres Children’s Learning Center Trisha Moquino and her webinar, Remembering Indigenous Voices with donations benefiting the Black Montessori Education Fund. Considering my own identity and experience as a White lesbian, cis-gender, mother of two and teacher in North Carolina, how do I create a …

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Creating, Meeting, and Managing Expectations for Holidays in 2020

Our nine-year-old daughter is right in the middle of the peak years for creating childhood memories around holidays and my students, who are three to six years old, are just now experiencing holidays they might remember for years to come. I know parents and teachers are grappling with just how to manage the complicated layers …

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