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Kathy’s Insights

Insights on the Montessori method and Early Childhood Education from Dr. Kathy Roemer

Kathy’s Insights

Maya Angelou Speaks about Resilience

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One of my favorite moments of being a Montessori educator was when Maya Angelou was a keynote speaker at an American Montessori Conference in NYC in 2007. I chaired the conference and helped to organize our speakers. We had 3,500 people in the Madison Square Garden Theater and you could have heard a pin drop when Dr. Angelou took the stage. It was like sitting in a living room with a loving, wise grandmother. Maya quoted poetry, told stories and shared her thoughts on education. As a mother who chose Montessori for her children she told us that Montessori teachers “were rainbows in the clouds.” What a special moment.

Maya Angelou, a remarkable woman.

Maya Angelou is feature in this months Educational Leadership journal in an article titled, “Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou.”

Listen to an audio excerpt of this interview:

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Montessori Methods in the Work Place

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At Twin Parks Montessori Schools, we are enjoying a wonderful first week of school. Our students are learning to feel comfortable in a new classroom with new teachers, independently taking care of their possessions, and making wise decisions as they navigate, explore and discover innovative materials. The classrooms are carefully prepared by skilled teachers who though observations of students enables teachers to provide both comfortable and challenging experiences.

Children who learn in a Montessori classroom when they are young learn to be mindful of others and more about themselves as learners. Many hone their executive functioning skills such as problem solving, using memory to understand relationships, planning, fostering passion and getting into the flow of self actualization.

Recently several companies are attempting to create an open-work place – referred to Montessori-like work places. There have pros and cons and questions about the success of this model in the office. Although it sounds intriguing and fun, I question the long-term productivity of the venture. There is an age and attitude limit to the success of changing an adult’s work paradigm. If your entire education experience is spent in a traditional, direct-instruction classroom, a work environment that is collaborative, creative and passion-driven is not appropriate.

Work Place or Play Space?

One of the parents at Twin Parks Montessori School shared this article with me. Read for more information about some Montessori-like work places.

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Adults need more sleep!

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As parents and educators, we are often concerned about the amount of sleep our children get each night. Sleep coaching is available to help parent train their children to self sooth and sleep more restfully and longer. But what about adults? Sleep deprivation is a fact of life and we assume that it is ok for most of us continue to go about our lives in this state.

Listen to Adrianna Huffington talk about how to be more creative, more entertaining and successful by getting enough sleep. Let’s all work harder to shut your eyes and discover the power of sleep!

Adrianna Huffington Speaks About Sleep

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