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Is Curriculum Covered or Uncovered?
Lisa Lalama

Children need time - time to explore; time to observe; time to question; time to connect the ideas and information they are being exposed to. They need time to uncover the possibilities and to engage in their learning in ways that were not possible for most of us as elementary students.

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Mindset: Part 1
Lisa Lalama

This summer, our staff read Carol Dweck’s Mindset. Her work is an inspiration to each of us.

Dweck proposes two mindsets: fixed and growth. You can infer the meaning of each. A fixed mindset is a mind made up. It seeks validation of its thinking by external praise and assurances of inevitable failures. Many of us experience a fixed mindset when we try things that are difficult and have been difficult for a long time. For example, if you can never quite make that shot in basketball or get that soufflé to rise, you could begin to think those things will never happen for you and decide to stop or settle for less.

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Daniel Pink - Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose
Lisa Lalama

As Daniel Pink states, what motivates us is a sense of autonomy, mastery and purpose (or meaningfulness). Each of those values are at the core of our school’s philosophy and approach to learning. Maria Montessori encouraged us to do for ourselves what we can and to learn from each other. The goal is to learn through hands-on experiences and develop a sense of mastery so that children may teach others who have yet to learn a certain skill. All work is done with a purpose, to further a student’s goals and gain knowledge and understanding that will serve him or her and she reaches for other goals.

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Delaware CAN Project
Lisa Lalama, Head of School

This quote by Robert Ingersoll reminds me why I am working in education and, more specifically, in a Montessori school. One of Maria Montessori’s basic tenets is that of paying homage to those who came before us. None of us would be who we are or where we are without noting those who paved the way.

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beads
Noel Dietrich

This week, the New York Times began a series on math and science education. In this week's article, Who Says Math Has to Be Boring?, the NYT editorial board discusses the rapid increase in jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math (known collectively as STEM) while the number of college students who choose to pursue STEM-related careers is decreasing.

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Building Better Brains: The Neurological Case for Montessori Education
Noel Dietrich

Dr. Steven Hughes, a pediatric neuropsychologist, speaks about education and brain development at conferences, universities, schools and training centers all over the world. He also serves as Chair of the Association Montessori International Global Research Committee and is a member of the American Montessori Society Research Committee.

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