Category Archives: Montessori Education

Should You Use Playskool Blocks in Your Classroom?

“Do you use blocks in your classroom?” was an interview question we asked when searching for a lower elementary teacher. “Why?” was a follow up question. We didn’t hire someone until we heard a good answer. Are there right and wrong answers to … Continue reading

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Empathy, Education and a True Growth Mindset

Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Instead of offering empathy, we often have a strong urge to give advice and to explain our own position of feeling. Empathy, however, calls upon us to empty our mind … Continue reading

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New Ears for a New Year at Golden Oak

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile   –Albert Einstein Last year, Yasmin climbed to the top of a thirty-foot tower and rang the bell. Her partner Violet got halfway up and stopped. It was hard, and she … Continue reading

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Conflict, Responsibility and Justice

Three boys appeared in the door of my office, yesterday. Boy 1: “We’re not in trouble. Our teacher sent us to ask if you could help us work out a problem that came up at recess.” I excused myself from the … Continue reading

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Children Want Social Responsibility

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” –Albert Einstein Yesterday at 8:26AM, I stepped away from my job of shaking hands and greeting incoming students at the front door of the school to talk to a student … Continue reading

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