Five Reasons to Stop Saying “Good Job!”

Five Reasons to Stop Saying “Good Job!” By Alfie Kohn NOTE: An abridged version of this article was published in Parents magazine in May 2000 with the title “Hooked on Praise.” For a more detailed look at the issues discussed here — as well as a comprehensive list of...

A Montessori Approach to Toileting

By Michael Olaf What is Montessori about? What are we trying to do as educators? “Follow the child.” “Give the child the independence on the levels they can handle.” The parent and teacher are there to assist the child. The Montessori Teacher trained at the 0-3 level...

Unsolicited Evaluation is the Enemy of Creativity

By Peter Gray Creativity blossoms in a non-controlling, non-judgmental environment. Children’s creativity has declined over the past two or three decades, a period during which children’s lives, both in and out of school, have become increasingly controlled and...

Montessori 0 – 3

First Stage: Montessori 0-3 The first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential. The infant’s physical development is phenomenal and apparent and inspires our care and attention. Yet a profound and less...

Montessori 3-6

Second Stage: Montessori 3-6 Children between the age of birth and six possess an “absorbent mind”. This almost genius capacity for mental absorption enables them to learn their native tongue, to perfect movement and internalise order. Maria Montessori...

Montessori 6-12

Third Stage: Montessori 6-12 Elementary aged children, typically, can be characterised by their questioning minds, their ability to abstract and imagine, their moral and social orientation and their unlimited energy for research and exploration. They move from the...