This spring I had the honor and fun to give a few workshops at an Italian Public Montessori Middle School in Northern Italy. Together we found additional, effective ways to include more Montessori, child-directed elements into their current curriculum.
We introduced Peace Tables in each classroom to give students a proven structure to solve their problems peacefully. We brushed up the weekly classroom meetings with meaningful rituals to help create a space where “talking from the heart” is welcome. We introduced the native American talking stick, and fun beginning and ending circle rituals such as clapping rhythms and making silly faces!
I shared how to offer simple fun physical exercises that connect right and left brain, and help students think better and be more focused. I also shares Master Choa Kok Sui’s Superbrain Yoga, a powerful simple exercise that improves mental capacity and overall health.
Here’s what one of the teachers, Daniela Cappellano, said (translated from Italian):”The workshops were very interesting, most of all because I learned practical techniques that I can use to resolve conflicts, and others that help my students concentrate and use their own energies in efficient ways.”
So much gratitude for this meaningful project!
I look forward to offering more workshops next year!
Here is an example of one of over 200 Wild-inspired schools in Europe.
In May, I visited the Lindenschule in Innsbruck, Austria. Steve, a board member and teacher, showed me around the elementary school environment. Here is what I saw…
A beautiful friendly house
A spacious, natural outdoor play area
A big dirt and water play area
A super-inspiring arts and crafts room with plenty of raw materials available
An elaborate block and pretend play area
An indoor water play space
Measuring and mixing containers
The kitchen prepared so that children can use it independently
A writing area
A friendly and inspiring space for basic math, geometry, and algebra with Montessori and other hands-on learning materials
Montessori math materials
Montessori beads materials
There were even more amazing environments…a huge indoor movement room, separate rooms for the preschool, an outdoor crafting and eating area…The environments are constantly adapted to the children’s genuine needs. Currently, over forty children use this school! Here is a link to their website www.lindenschule.at
I hope you are inspired! Let’s create similar schools here in the US!
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Harmony Montessori in Mill Valley, Ca. is integrating elements from Waldorf in their Montessori-based structure.
Wilana Anderson, founder and inspired educator is doing a Waldorf training in addition to her Montessori teacher training, and together, we are finding ways to to offer children learning opportunities from each method.
Children are offered self-directed learning opportunities and guided lessons with materials from Montessori and Waldorf. The environment offers the basic Montessori preschool materials, such as the pink tower and the brown stairs.
Montessori Language materials:
Montessori botany leaf and flower cabinets:
Montessori science experiments:
Waldorf pretend play materials:
Waldorf dolls and fairy play houses:
Waldorf and Montessori complement each other in many ways, not only in the learning environment.
Teachers can hugely benefit from opening up to a variety of educational approaches. Each method has its genius.
You can use the tools of “Inspired Self-Directed Learning” to give guided lessons, foster independent learning and the nourish the intelligence of pretend play.
Come join us for a workshop at Harmony Montessori, April 29, 2010 7-9m. Please register here www.newlearningculture.com/workshops/html