Mindfulness Practices in Education: Montessori’s Approach
Mindfulness training has been used by everyone from Buddhist monks to Google executives to achieve a more focused mindset. Some types of practices – including sitting meditation – go against the child’s developmental need to move and interact with his environment. However, many of the behaviors encouraged in a Montessori classroom (concentration, repetition, practical activities done for the purpose of internal development, etc.) mirror mindfulness practices and lead to the same goals of social & emotional growth, as well as sharper executive function skills.
Mindfulness Practices in Education
Evaluating Montessori Education
This well-designed study compares academic and social/behavioral outcomes of children educated in a public Montessori school environment through the sixth grade with peers of the same socio-economic standing educated in traditional public school (assigned to either school through a lottery). The academic outcomes of Montessori children were significantly higher than those of their traditional school peers, but what’s most remarkable is the difference in social/behavioral measures. This study, one of the most careful and thorough available on the subject, was published in the prestigious journal “Science”.
Outcomes for Students in Montessori
Montessori Through Elementary Leads to Higher Math and Science Scores in High School
A longitudinal evaluation of a public school Montessori program in Milwaukee concludes that “attending a Montessori program from the approximate ages of three to eleven predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school”. Reasons for these findings, as well as the ramifications of exposure to a Montessori program through the end of Elementary school, are analyzed in this report.
Montessori Through Elementary
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