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Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Tootling Without External Rewards On Whole-Class Lessons in a Lower Elementary Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of Tootling without external rewards on negative behaviors during whole-class lessons in a Montessori lower elementary classroom. Twenty-four students, ranging from six to nine-years-of-age, including five who received outside assistance, were the subjects of this study. The students participated in a self-assessment pre- and post-intervention. The researcher gave lessons on whole-class lesson etiquette, the importance of being a supportive community, and how to report their classmates’ positive behaviors after whole-class lessons using Tootles. The results suggested Tootling without external rewards had minimal positive effect on students’ negative behaviors during whole-class lessons. A slight increase occurred in students’ positive opinions about their own and their peers’ behaviors during whole-class lessons. Limitations, directions for future study, and implications are discussed.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2019

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Increasing Motivation Toward Math in a Montessori Lower Elementary Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: This study investigated how the introduction of math-based games influences children’s motivation to practice math. It was conducted in a Lower Elementary Montessori classroom, serving first through third grade and twenty-one students participated. The students played one of three games every day throughout the study. Their motivation toward math was tracked through observational data and their daily work journals. Additionally, each participant answered pre and post intervention questions to ascertain their mindset toward math. The data shows that the intervention had minimal impact on the students’ motivation toward math, although some students did increase the frequency of their math practice. In the future, students who display a lack of motivation toward math would benefit from consistent one-on-one meetings to address their motivation.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2019

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Montessori Mathematics Curriculum and Lower Elementary Students Understanding of Length Measurement

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Mathematics education

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Abstract/Notes: The intent of this action research project was to determine to what extent the Montessori Mathematics curriculum support lower elementary students’ understanding of length measurement. The research took place in a private Montessori school classroom with first and second-grade students. There were 22 students in the class, 11 first graders, and 11 second-graders. Data was collected through a pre and post-test, field notes, and observations. The students also kept a journal and performed self-assessments. Photographs were taken to record the students’ use of different measurement tools. Children’s literature about length measurement was read and discussed with the students. The data indicated that students in first and second grade have a difficult time understanding length measurement, particularly reading standard measurement tools. While the Montessori mathematics curriculum supports student understanding of length measurement, it is clear that some of the students need to have other opportunities using nonstandard tools. Overall, the Montessori mathematics curriculum supported students understanding of length measurement. The findings suggest that additional materials need to be introduced in the classroom for students to utilize, and many opportunities are available to measure with nonstandard tools to completely understand measurement and length.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2015

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Music, Community, and Cooperation in a Lower Elementary Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: The following research assesses how daily singing and music in an elementary classroom impacted the sense of community, care of materials and cooperation during clean up time. This study involved daily singing of a set of songs with lyrical themes of cooperation and unity, and then playing of recorded versions of the same songs during clean up time. The eight-week study involved 16 participants between the ages of 6 and 9 at a private school in Minnesota. Each individual completed a pre and post-survey. During clean up time, observations of helpful behaviors were recorded, and any relevant quotations noted. Results of the surveys showed an increase in student enjoyment of group singing, and in the understanding of the terms “cooperation” and “community.” There was also an increase in observed helpful behaviors throughout the intervention, particularly in material care. Results show that daily group singing has a positive affect on building community, and increases cooperation levels while caring for materials. Further research may include using group singing to teach other topics such as environmental care, racial equality or academic subject matter.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

Article

Nature Alphabet (Lower Elementary)

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 17, no. 3

Pages: 29–31

Jeanne Catalano - Writings, Lower elementary, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

Of Frogs and Water Snakes (Lower Elementary)

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 17, no. 3

Pages: 37–39

Jeanne Catalano - Writings, Lower elementary, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

Stones for the River Bed (Lower Elementary)

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 17, no. 3

Pages: 96–98

Jeanne Catalano - Writings, Lower elementary, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

"Green Magic" (Lower Elementary)

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 17, no. 3

Pages: 31–33

Jeanne Catalano - Writings, Lower elementary, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Beyond Good Manners: Gratitude and Student Engagement in Lower Elementary

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Montessori method of education

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Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2015

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Building a Cohesive Classroom: The Effects of Music on Cooperation and Community in a Public, Lower Elementary, Montessori Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Montessori method of education, Public Montessori

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Abstract/Notes: The following research assesses how the daily integration of singing and listening to music helps to construct a socially cohesive, cooperative and joyful classroom during clean up time. This study combined group singing opportunities, a music listening station and music played during clean up time. The songs used for this study included lyrical themes of cooperation, happiness, overcoming obstacles and/or friendship. The thirty-day study involved twenty-one participants between the ages of six and nine at a public, Montessori school in Missouri. Each individual completed a pre- and post-survey, as well as a survey each time they used the music listening station. During clean up time, observations were taken daily to record instances of helpful behaviors and joy amongst the participants. Results of the surveys showed that the intervention was successful at increasing positive experiences during clean up time and including a Music Listening Station as an available work choice. The intervention was not successful in creating positive experiences when singing together as a group. Further research may include the use of other mediums to promote community and collaboration like the fine arts, sports or other group oriented activities.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2019

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