1. montessorimumbling:

    This is a great link that has many free explanations of montessori materials and how to teach them.

    There is a nice link for 1-3year old activities also. You do not have to sign up. Looks like a nice resource.

     

  2. Superwoman arrived over 100 years ago and showed us how extraordinary school can be for all types of children. It is up to all of us to carry on her legacy and work. America’s children deserve nothing less.

     
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  4. Maria Montessori’s voice. Anyone speak Italian that can interpret for me?? 

     
     

  5. Good stuff happening for kids in Durham.

     
  6. thepeoplesrecord:

    Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and brought their desks with them.

    Some 375 empty desks blocked a downtown street, blocking traffic for several hours Tuesday outside the Los Angeles Unified School District offices.

    Organizers say the number represents the count of students who drop out of district schools each week.

    Protesters want a student voice on the school board, and more funding for English language learners, foster children and low income students.

    District officials declined comment on the protest.

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  7. A number of the innovative entrepreneurs also went to Montessori schools, where they learned to follow their curiosity. To paraphrase the famous Apple ad campaign, innovators not only learned early on to think different, they act different (and even talk different).

     
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  9. Awesome tv show! A fantastic remake of the Carl Sagan show and perfect support for the Cosmic Curriculum in Montessori education.

    You can watch on Fox, Nat Geo, online, or through the app.

     

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  11. Great opportunity for change.

     
  12. pbsthisdayinhistory:

    April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated

    On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.

    Revisit the life and legacy of Dr. King with a special collection from PBS.

    A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and more. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy

    (via nprfreshair)

     

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  15. theatlantic:

    Finnish Education Chief: ‘We Created a School System Based on Equality’

    Finnish education often seems paradoxical to outside observers because it appears to break a lot of the rules we take for granted. Finnish children don’t begin school until age 7. They have more recess, shorter school hours than many U.S. children do (nearly 300 fewer hours per year in elementary school), and the lightest homework load of any industrialized nation. There are no gifted programs, almost no private schools, and no high-stakes national standardized tests.

    Yet over the past decade Finland has consistently performed among the top nations on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given to 15-year olds in 65 nations and territories around the world. Finland’s school children didn’t always excel. Finland built its excellent, efficient, and equitable educational system in a few decades from scratch, and the concept guiding almost every educational reform has been equity.  The Finnish paradox is that by focusing on the bigger picture for all, Finland has succeeded at fostering the individual potential of most every child.

    I recently accompanied Krista Kiuru, Finland’s minister of education and science, when she visited the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston, and asked her what Finland is doing that we could learn from.

    Read more.[Image: hydropeek/flickr]

    Yes!

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