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Welcome to Engaging Education, a collection of resources and ideas that aim to engage our students and help them reach their full potential... as well as engage us as educators in the principles behind what we do every day. I hope you find them helpful, thought-provoking, and time-saving.
~Nancye Blair Black
Something “eco-lutionary” is cropping up at schools across the country. While some students might be experiencing the start of the new academic year from behind a desk, others are embracing an expansive sense of classroom that reaches far beyond the schoolhouse walls and into the green. At our public charter school, Lakeland Montessori Middle School, […]
“Beyond waiting “To Grow Up” For too long, our students have worked tirelessly for an audience of one: their teacher. When class assignments assume that work is simply preparation for some future “real world,” this singular audience makes sense. But in the course of a 21st century school year, if a class of students never […]
What should a good citizen do? The question of “what a good citizen should do” in a democratic society begins with an assumption of a universal ethical imperative within democracy. Perhaps this follows from the concept of democracy itself. At the onset of American independence, the writers of the Declaration stated that it was self-evident […]
August 31, 2012. Today would be 142nd birthday of revolutionary Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori. To celebrate, Montessori alums at Google displayed a Google doodle of traditional Montessori learning manipulatives on their homepage. That’s right - both Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, grew up as Montessori kids. What’s more, it […]
The new school year is getting underway. We are filling drawers with math manipulatives, cabinets with supplies for science experiments, shelves with books… and lesson plans with inspired ideas for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Yet, while we make plans to teach these tangible standards, let’s not forget to plan lessons that teach the intangibles, […]