Montessori at MVM Thursday 1/28

Deepening Our Collective Understanding

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"The adolescent must never be treated as a child, for that is a stage of life that he has surpassed.

It is better to treat an adolescent as if he had greater value than he actually shows

than as if he had less and let him feel that his merits and self-respect are disregarded."

(From Childhood to Adolescence, p. 72)

Dear MVM Families,

This Montessori newsletter is focused on our Middle School and its graduates.


Maria Montessori fully developed programs for young students and lectured prolifically about ages birth through grade six. Her work with adolescents was comparatively limited. Montessori's lecture on the "erdkinder" model for older students provides a foundation upon which today's programs are created and developed.


At MVM, we strive to honor Montessori's ideas and vision while preparing our students for the world and times in which they live. We recognize that most all of our students will attend a local public high school and know the demands and requirements of these programs. Our students are returning to a traditional high school, not a Montessori high school, and therefore need the skills and coursework to be successful in grades 9-12.


How do our students fare? How do they feel about their preparation for the transition from a school of 300 to schools of over a thousand? From class sizes of 25 to class sizes of 30-40? From a church building converted to a school to vast hallways, huge gymnasiums, and giant cafeterias?


Importantly, have we, the adults supporting these young students, honored MVM's mission: "We are a Montessori community inspiring students to become

responsible, confident, caring citizens with an enduring love of learning."


We asked them...here's what they had to say!

Years Spent at MVM

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Executive Functioning Skills

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Social Emotional Skills

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Academics

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Note: High school coursework is by semesters. Students surveyed may not have had a course at the time this survey was taken, thus answering "Not Applicable".
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Adolescence: Third Plane of Development

Full article on the Planes of Development by Sarah Andrews for Montessori Northwest is linked here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0Bqgln0CdxcZmZ3bXBlQVVFd28/view?usp=sharing


Excerpts on Third Plane below.

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Advice, etc.

Read Quotes about Adolesence by Maria Montessori