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The Adornment of Love as a Virtue

June, 2009
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  Virtues are like invisible adornments - a beautifully embroidered cloth that covers our shoulders, or a golden crown that surrounds our head. When we are getting ready every morning for the day ahead, we take a few minutes to meditate on the qualities we want to practice, and mindfully wrap our words and actions with [...]

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The Importance of Mixed Age Grouping in Montessori

June, 2009
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  Maria Montessori emphasized the need for mixed age groups spanning at least three years, that being the reason why in Montessori programs classrooms typically have children aged between three and six years, six and nine, nine and twelve, and so on.
  The importance of the three-year age grouping is such that for a school to [...]

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Training to Be a Better Montessori Teacher

June, 2009
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  With the increasing popularity of Montessori education in China, credentialed Montessori teachers are in constant demand from newly opened and also established Montessori schools. International and bilingual Montessori schools need even more specialized, highly capable teachers.
  It is under these circumstances that Elizabeth Park and her colleagues from Chaminade University of Honolulu visited Beijing [...]

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Straightforward and Supportive Strategies for Parents and Children

April, 2009
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  Any parent will tell you that when you take on the responsibility of raising a child it comes with the free gift of anxiety in all its forms, intermittent exhaustion, and often reality altering love and devotion. I have a five-year-old son myself and can attest first-hand to the agonies and the ecstasies of [...]

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Encouraging Self-direction for Your Child

April, 2009
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Children who are self-directed are able to manage skills, tasks and problems independently. They have a degree of control over themselves and feel able to influence at least those aspects of their lives that are currently important to them. Children who lack the ability to direct themselves feel helpless and become dependent on others [...]

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Developing Work as Service

April, 2009
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Developing an attitude of service can begin very early in life. In many ways, our early experiences determine our future avenues of service, and can influence whether we choose a profession that aims to serve others or one that primarily fulfills our own self-interests.

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Nonviolent Communication and Montessori

April, 2009
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One of the many areas where Dr. Montessori made a great impression on modern educational thought is in the area of peace education. Many Montessorians, myself included, believe this to be at the core of her philosophy and method.

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International Schools and the Response to Intervention (RTI) Model

April, 2009
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At international schools, children are in a unique and sometimes daunting position. Most are living in a foreign country, learning in a second or third language, and have moved several times throughout their academic career. They are also attending schools with rigorous, college-preparatory programs. These factors are part of the expat experience …

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Parent Involvement and the IB Course

April, 2009
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The role of parents in terms of the education of their own child is a crucial one. The open-minded approach to projects and investigation is very helpful.

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In Montessori… Work and Play Go Together

March, 2009
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Recently, a mother-to-be asked for some advice on what to read, to prepare her for motherhood. Her child is due in a few months and she is starting to feel the pressure. . Like most parents, she is concerned with making sure she will be the best possible mom, provider, caretaker, and loving. On top [...]

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Learning to Be Thankful

March, 2009
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What makes the world go round? How does a baby learn to walk? What makes the stars shine bright at night? Why is the color green not purple or blue or yellow?
So often, children are the ones who ask the questions that make us stop and think. They delight in discovering things for the first [...]

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The ‘Cult’ of the Normal

November, 2008
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Montessori education uses a number of terms that often are not immediately understandable to everyone. Sometimes Montessorians are even told that they use a rather insular and method-specific jargon. Terms such as “normalization”, to mention just one, still sound like cultist mumbo-jumbo to some people. When the concept of “normal” is brought up, ..

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Developing Patience…Patiently

November, 2008
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It’s Sunday evening, and Little Ruhi and his brother Hadi find themselves at a friend’s house with their parents. Their host warmly invites them to play with several toys in the guest room, and they quickly settle down with new and exciting items.

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IB Teachers on IB

November, 2008
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My suggestion to IB students: choose subjects that you love, don’t choose subjects because you think you might need them, or because your friends are doing them, or because someone told you that you should do them. — Malcolm Pritchard, Principal of Kormilda College, Australia.

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Internationalism and the IB

November, 2008
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Whilst most of the readers of this article will be familiar with the IB (if not, please see the IBO website at www.ibo.org), the term ‘internationalism’ is more interesting and speculative in terms of meaning than they may realize.

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