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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

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Teacher-Centered Coaching on Whole-Class Transitions 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: The purpose of this action research project was to explore what effects one-on-one coaching would have on whole class transition times. The transitions in question were in a class of first through third graders moving from the period of class-time consisting of individual or small-group work choices to the whole class gathering in order to move on to the next activity, such as circle time in preparation for lining up to head to another part of the school building for Specials classes or lunch or to recess. Mostly this consisted of cleaning up the classroom and gathering as a whole group at circle time. Individually coaching the teacher in implementing specific techniques from No-Nonsense Nurturing® (NNN) online training platform could affect the quality and length of time of identified whole class transitions. Coaching techniques consisted of one-on-one meetings between coach and teacher for identifying through observation, learning through online training and coaching conversations, and planning improvements with the coach as partner. The data collection utilized pre- and postintervention questionnaires, daily time tracker tally sheets, daily phrase tracker tally sheets, and weekly discussion questionnaires. Participation in the coaching cycle was found to improve the teacher’s understanding of NNN as a tool to increase the teacher-student relationships. This, in turn, increases efficiency in whole-class transition times.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

Article

Creative Pollution Control (Lower Elementary)

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

Pages: 62–63

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

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Master's Thesis (M.A. In Reading, Lanugage And Literacy)

Reading Comprehension Strategy Instruction as Part of a Balanced Literacy Approach in a Montessori Lower Elementary Environment

Available from: California State University - ScholarWorks

Elementary education, Literacy, Montessori method of education, Montessori schools, Reading

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Abstract/Notes: Montessori is not well known among the larger community of educators, but it does fulfill many, if not all, of the standards researchers use to define excellent classrooms and teaching practices. Montessori environments are literature rich and there is a strong emphasis on skills instruction and vocabulary development. There are many lessons that address different aspects of literacy instructionbut there are not lessons or materials that specifically address reading comprehension strategy instruction. Montessori teachers are as aware of reading comprehension strategies as any other educator, but I believe there is not enough emphasis placed on these lessons because of the lack of materials in the classroom that would support such instruction. At best, this instruction is uneven in the community because it depends on an individual teacher's initiative and knowledge. Another factor I believe affects reading comprehension strategy instruction is the reliance on the Simple View of Reading, which states that reading comprehension is a product of decoding skills and vocabulary knowledge. While the SVR has been shown to be an inadequate view of reading, it is still the prevailing model. The purpose of this project was to create a resource guide that would provide background knowledge on the importance of comprehension strategy instruction and provide a framework for Montessori teachers in the "Lower Elementary" or "Elementary 1" level (grades 1-3) to use. The resource guide includes detailed descriptions of the factors and strategies that contribute to reading comprehension, lesson plans, book suggestions for teaching the lessons, and graphic organizer suggestions.

Language: English

Published: San Marcos, California, 2022

Master's Thesis

Importance of Studying Poetry in Lower Elementary Classroom

Available from: MINDS@UW River Falls

Elementary education, Elementary school students, Montessori method of education, Poetry

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Abstract/Notes: This project explores the importance of teaching and studying poetry in a lower elementary Montessori classroom. The purpose of the project is to examine students’ interest and involvement in reading, writing and memorizing poetry and gaining better insight into students’ knowledge and attitudes to this literature genre. The researcher compared involvement and interests of 20 students in one private elementary school in the Midwest. Both small-scale qualitative and quantitative data were collected, during an action research study that lasted seven weeks. The survey results were very promising about studying poetry on a lower elementary level and the rise of interest in this literature genre as well as the evidence offered by student work samples. In just a few weeks, the students’ attitudes and knowledge, and production of poetry significantly increased.

Language: English

Published: River Falls, Wisconsin, 2022

Doctoral Dissertation

Montessori Guide Decision-Making: How Elementary Montessori Guides Made Instructional Decisions

Available from: University of Texas at Austin Digital Repository

Lower elementary, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: Teacher decision-making is referred to as the fundamental responsibility of teachers. All teachers are asked to make decisions on a daily basis in their classrooms. For decades researchers have collected data on teacher decision-making in hopes to understand how teachers make decisions and why. Interestingly, most researchers collect data on teacher decision-making only in public school classrooms. The purpose of this study was to collect teacher decision-making data in a nearly unexplored classroom environment, the lower elementary Montessori classroom. The objective of this study was to examine what characteristics operated in the decision-making of two lower elementary Montessori guides. The hypothesis was lower elementary Montessori guides may have more opportunities to understand and approach care and culturally responsive teaching given the Montessori environment seeks to develop the whole child. In order to explore lower elementary Montessori guide decision-making I chose to perform a qualitative case study design. First, I gathered information about the school. Second, I collected data on the two lower elementary Montessori guides in this study. Once data was collected I reviewed the data for emerging themes. Then, I asked the question how was care and cultural responsiveness understood and approached in the decision-making of these two lower elementary Montessori guides.The findings of this study revealed three (3) main influences on the decision-making of lower elementary Montessori guides at River Montessori: (1) Association Montessori Internationale Training (AMI); (2) school ideology; and (3) guide improvisation based on student observation. Care and cultural responsiveness was understood and approached by both lower elementary Montessori guides in this study. However, the enactments of cultural responsiveness fell short of normative understandings of culturally responsive teaching (Gay, 2000; 2002).

Language: English

Published: Austin, Texas, 2013

Article

Flower Children [Sunflower Montessori School, Twickenham]

Publication: Montessori Education, vol. 7, no. 1

Pages: 8–9

⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1354-1498

Article

Little Flower Grows Big in Indiana [Little Flower Montessori School, Mishawaka, Indiana]

Publication: Montessori Observer, vol. 4, no. 6

Pages: 1, 3

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Language: English

ISSN: 0889-5643

Article

A comparison of lower and upper elementary Montessori students with a public school sample

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 14, no. 2

Pages: 63-68

Upper elementary, ⛔ No DOI found

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

N.C.M.E. Elementary Training, Amarillo, Texas and Lessons Given to Elementary Montessori Children

Publication: The National Montessori Reporter

Pages: 8–9

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Language: English

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