secondary school?

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  1. elibats

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    Hello,

    I'm new to this forum (this is my first post) so I don't know if this topic has already been discussed to death, but I figured I'd put it out there. I just got accepted to a Masters in Secondary Education program that gives the student almost complete control over the design of his or her curriculum. We're encouraged to research alternative methods of education and think about school reform.

    I went to Montessori school in kindergarten, so I know the basics of how the classroom (or at least my classroom) works, but I have yet to read any of Maria Montessori's work. I'm actually sitting on my bed with The Absorbent Mind lying next to me on a pile of papers; I've been flipping through to see if any parts of this theory can be applied to high school teaching. I'm attracted to the concept that students must be given choices (an obnoxious professor in a previous program told me that letting the class decide which activity on the schedule to do first was giving them too much control), but from the fragments I've read Montessori associates this concept with the development of the very young child.

    I don't plan to set up my Language Arts classroom with block stations or reading pillows, but I'm curious to know if the Montessori method (or a similar method I don't know about) is ever used in a high school setting.

    I was attracted to this program because I have a lot of qualms with traditional schooling but I don't know much about the alternatives, and now I'm about to embark on my research. Any thoughts or suggestions for further reading would be most appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Polly
     
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    There is a Montessori high school here in Cincinnati. If I were you, I'd google "Montessori High School training" and see what comes up.

    Here's a page that might help to get you started:

    http://www.michaelolaf.net/montessori12-18.html
     
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    Wow, that was fast! I like this forum. Thanks!
     
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    NAMTA is at the forefront of the Montessori Adolescent Community development, by establishing the Hershey Montessori Farm School:http://www.hersheymontessori.pvt.k12.oh.us/, Center for Adolescent Studies http://www.montessori-namta.org/NAMTA/Adolescent/adolintro.htm and the recently opened Montessori High School: http://montessorihighschool.org/

    Also, for an extended analysis on how Montessori fundamentals are supported by current educational and psychological research, see:
    Montessori: The Science behind the Genius by Angeline Lillard.
     

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