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Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful: Preventing Exclusion in the Early Elementary Classroom Paperback – February 21, 2001
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—Patricia Oriti, Montessori Educator & Consultant
"In Donna Goertz's classroom the "problem" child is given value with a candor which continually falls back on positive community values. Engaging work is a catalyst for academic and emotional growth. This is an inspiring vision of challenging classroom dilemmas."
—Debbie McKee Gorence, Behavior Specialist
"Master Montessori teacher Donna Bryant Goertz teaches children compassion, generosity, cooperation, and collaboration by letting life be the curriculum. These stories show how they slowly learn to work and play with each other peacefully. If you have ever loved a child, you will treasure this book."
—Terry Masters, former public school teacher
"Goertz's children embrace two ideas: that serving others in need is paramount, and that needing and accepting help is a gift one child can give to another. This book captures the community of compassion and cooperation at the heart of Montessori education."
—David Kahn, Executive Director, North American Montessori Teachers' Association
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For over 30 years, Donna Goertz has been painstakingly building a classroom culture that begins to resemble the ideal described in the works of Dr. Maria Montessori. While many settle for a diluted form of Montessori practice (e.g., accelerated math with fancy manipulatives), Goertz's aim is to serve Montessori's ultimate vision of a peaceful world inhabited by adults whose best impulses for creativity, altruism, self-knowledge and moral integrity had been supported at every step by a system of education based on the universal developmental needs of the child. To realize such a vision requires an uncommon level of skill and personal reflection on the part of the teacher.
Goertz has a reputation for taking on the "difficult" children that have not been successful in other educational settings, and much of the book is devoted to case studies of these children as they are gradually transformed by the Montessori classroom environment and Goertz's own masterful interventions. She calls these children "weathervane children" because they are the ones who "show which way the wind is blowing" in the classroom; i.e., being vulnerable themselves, they tend to be the first to show the effects of some aspect of the classroom community that is out of alignment with the true needs of the children. In this respect, says Goertz, they are the teacher's best friends, doing a great service to the community of those more robust children who may suffer in relative silence. (It has been said that the greatest impediment to the advancement of pedagogy is the resilience of children.Read more ›
Goertz elevates the act of reaching the previously unreachable student to an art form. Consider the case of Argenta, who as her teacher put it, "used pee, and poop and food to control her parents and her teachers." Goertz, like her guiding light Maria Montessori before her, always proceeds on the belief that all children, if greeted with trust and patience -- and without judgment or blame -- will eventually present their own solutions to their inner dilemmas. So the first time Argenta peed all over herself, her chair and the floor, Goertz instantly recognized that the answer to her new student's obstreperousness lay in all that wetness. Rather than scold Argenta, Goertz kindly instructed her to change into dry clothes and clean up the mess.
Then Goertz enlisted the help of several classmates to help Argenta with was to become a daily two-hour ritual for the next several months.Read more ›
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Every teacher and parent should read this to help gain an understanding of the difficult days people may be experiencing. It inspires a tremendous amount of empathy and compassion.Published 7 months ago by Melissa
This is a groundbreaking book that helped me grow immensely. Every elementary guide should read it.Published 11 months ago by Ann L. Williams
Teaching in the true Montessori way is an art and science combined; and the author of this book is a true artist and scientist. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Susan Stephenson
Amazing stories for reflection on my own (primary) Montessori classroom environment. It is clear Donna Bryant Goertz is an experienced Montessori educator with an excellent... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kayla Cange
Donna Bryant Goertz’ Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful is more than a book about children. It is more than a book about those who teach children. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lynda
She is so in touch with what the children really need to solve their own problems. I hope I can incorporate her ability into my class and life.Published 15 months ago by nicegran
So many education philosophy books stay in the realm of the philosophical. Although this is not a how-to book, the author gives many useful stories and language for promoting... Read morePublished 18 months ago by lydia lark
I wanted to express my great joy in reading and re-reading "Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful". Read morePublished 18 months ago by Seth Webb