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Article

Attention Deficit or Nature Deficit Disorder?

Publication: Montessori International, vol. 81

Pages: 33–35

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Attention-deficit-disordered children, Children with disabilities, Inclusive education, People with disabilities

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Language: English

ISSN: 1470-8647

Article

Enacting Attention: Concentration and Shared Focus in Montessori Classrooms

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 24, no. 4

Pages: 18-20,22-26

Work periods

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Abstract/Notes: Concentration is a "sine qua non," a hallmark, of a Montessori Casa program. Yet, it happens that some children do not concentrate. They do not engage with the materials in the classic pattern of normalization. They are not challenged by ADD, ADHD, or a variant of sensory integration spectrum disorder. Instead of working alone, they prefer the company of others; they prefer to learn with others. One may wonder if their natural intelligence is interpersonal. Based on studies of brain development and findings from recent ethnographic research, this article describes a type of attention called "shared focus." Ethnographic research was conducted in Casa classrooms, located in four Montessori schools, during a 3-year period, beginning in 2008. The research involved observing classrooms and interviewing school staff, teachers, and children. "Children who do not concentrate" was a common concern raised by the teachers in those classrooms. A review of brain development research suggests concentration is a type of attention. Children may use a type of attention called shared focus when, for example, they laugh and run together on the playground, and when they leave their parents during morning arrival. Some children may also more naturally use this type of attention instead of concentration during the work period. (Contains 1 table.)

Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Mindfulness on Students’ Attention

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Upper elementary

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Abstract/Notes: This action research project examined the effects of mindfulness and meditation on concentration among elementary students. The research was conducted at a private Montessori school in an upper elementary classroom for twenty-six children ages nine to twelve. Baseline data was collected for three consecutive days. The intervention was implemented for four weeks. The teacher led the students in mindful movements in the morning and daily meditation took place in the afternoon. The average percent of on-task behavior was collected for baseline data using observational records and journal notes. Observational records included what percent of the class was on-task for specific intervals. Journal notes contained what specific behaviors were observed as off-task. Data collection during the intervention included observational records, journal notes, group discussions and questionnaires. Data analysis showed that concentration did not increase during the intervention. However, students reported meditation and mindful breathing as useful in their daily lives. Further research could include the effects of student chosen mindful activities on concentration and student well-being. A similar study of a longer duration may also yield different results.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

Book Section

Fixing Attention and the Child's Psychic Development ([San Francisco, Panama Pacific International Exposition] Lecture 21: 22 September 1915)

Book Title: The California Lectures of Maria Montessori, 1915: Collected Speeches and Writings by Maria Montessori

Pages: 233-240

Americas, International Montessori Training Course (3rd [course 2], San Francisco, USA, August – November 1915), Maria Montessori - Biographic sources, Maria Montessori - Writings, Montessori method of education - Study and teaching, Montessori method of education - Teacher training, North America, Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915, San Francisco, California), Teacher training, United States of America

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Language: English

Published: Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-85109-296-3

Series: The Montessori Series , 15

Article

Attention to Detail

Publication: Point of Interest, vol. 6, no. 9

Pages: 1–8

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Language: English

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Attention to Detail: Knobs for Hangers

Publication: Point of Interest, vol. 7, no. 3

Pages: 4

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Language: English

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Attention to Detail: Preparation of the Environment

Publication: Point of Interest, vol. 8, no. 2

Pages: 4

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Abstract/Notes: Lunch beverages, Martha Stewart's Living magazine

Language: English

Article

Paying Attention to Details [Teacher, classroom]

Publication: The National Montessori Reporter, vol. 9, no. 1

Pages: 19

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Language: English

Article

Paying Attention to Details [Practical life, sensorial]

Publication: The National Montessori Reporter, vol. 9, no. 2

Pages: 9

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Language: English

Article

Paying Attention to Details [Reading, math]

Publication: The National Montessori Reporter, vol. 9, no. 4

Pages: 6–7

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Language: English

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