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Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effect of Control-Based Group Games on Self-Controlled Behavior in a Primary Montessori Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: This action research study aims to determine the effect of control-based group games on self-controlled behavior in a Montessori primary classroom. The study took place over a period of four weeks and included 17 participants ages 35 months to 6 years. A control-based group game, such as Red Light/Green Light or Simon Says, was implemented daily. Both quantitative and qualitative data was collected from these games, as well as from observations of behavior in the classroom. Though the study found no significant correlation between game outcomes and self-controlled behavior in the classroom, the self-control skills needed to succeed in the games increased notably over the duration of the study. This drastic improvement in self-control skills suggests the need for future, more targeted research opportunities.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2021

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Cultivating a Writer’s Identity: The Effect of Writing Workshop on Writing Proficiency and Confidence in an Intermediate Montessori Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: This action research investigated the effect of Writing Workshop on the writing proficiency and confidence of intermediate Montessori students. The study took place in a public community school of a major Canadian city with 24 participants of a grade 4, 5, and 6 Montessori classroom. Research was conducted over a six-week period and implemented Calkins, Ochs, and Luick’s (2017) Up the Ladder Writing Workshop Narrative Unit. Data was collected using writing samples scored by adapted 6+1 Traits of Writing Rubrics and students’ self-assessed scores using adapted 6+1 Traits of Writing Student Rubrics, adapted Bottomley et al.’s (1997/1998) Writer Self-Perception Scales, writing surveys, and observational field notes. The data demonstrated an increase in writing proficiency in 96% of students and feeling confident most of the time or always when writing by 31%. This action research recommends further research be done to supplement the Montessori language arts curriculum with Writing Workshop.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Student Constructed Formative Assessment in the Elementary Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Montessori method of education, Upper elementary

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Abstract/Notes: This action research project studied how student-created formative assessments in mathematics would affect student confidence and perceived math ability. Students participated in a four-week study. The researcher conducted this study in September and October of 2021. The seven participating students were from an Upper Elementary classroom in a private Southern California Montessori school. The intervention consisted of a student-constructed survey taken weekly and a group analysis of the anonymized data collected from the said survey. Additional data sources included parent surveys, end-of-intervention student surveys, and classwork observational tally sheets. This study found that students gained further awareness of their work choices by completing the student-constructed formative assessments and reviewing the data. In the future, educators could conduct further research regarding the impact of using student-created formative assessment long-term and with a wider variety of subjects

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2021

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Developing Creative Thinking with Intentional Teaching Practices in Academic Subjects for Early Childhood Classrooms

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: This action research was conducted in an early childhood Montessori Primary classroom using intentional teaching practices with core curriculum materials to engage students in creative thinking. In the form of questions or suggestions, an open-ended inquiry was given to the ten participants, aged three to six years old, as they worked with Montessori materials in academic areas, including science, math, and language. The research utilized mixed methods of collection in the forms of quantitative and qualitative data and demonstrated successful intervention with a steady increase in work times of the students. A longitudinal study would contribute to this theory and provide further information regarding the increase of student understanding through creative thinking endeavors. This study provided evidence that intentional teaching practices can engage children in creative thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative learning while extending working times with materials, which contribute to a deeper level of comprehension of the direct curricular aims.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2021

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Increasing Student Motivation in a Foreign Language Classroom Through Mindfulness

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study was to explore how mindfulness practices help increase motivation in high school students in a foreign language classroom. This study was conducted at a small school in an urban area in Texas. Nineteen students between the ninth and tenth grades were the participants in this research. The data collection included a pre and post motivational questionnaire that helped identify how motivated the students felt in the classroom. Data was collected on each participant through weekly self-assessments. The results of this action research showed that the implementation of mindfulness practices helped to increase the motivation of the students in the high school Spanish class. The action research project was conducted at the beginning of the second semester of the school year with a duration of four weeks.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

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

[Suggestions for the Classroom]

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1977, no. 1

Pages: 21–22

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

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Question and Answer: Observation in the Elementary Classroom

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 2008, no. 2

Pages: 59–63

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Abstract/Notes: An article filled with suggestions on how to develop observation habits in the elementary classroom.

Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

Article

Integrating Songs and Activities to Make Peace in the Classroom

Publication: Montessori Leadership

Pages: 22–23

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Language: English

Article

Classroom Management

Publication: Communications (Association Montessori Internationale, 195?-2008), vol. 1987, no. 2/3

Pages: 2–6

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Language: English

ISSN: 0519-0959

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