- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Frog Books; 1 edition (November 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583940324
- ISBN-13: 978-1583940327
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful: Preventing Exclusion in the Early Elementary Classroom 1st Edition
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"When children's bullying and ostracizing behavior threatens a school community, we must confront its source. But schools must also nurture variety in personalities, learning styles and personal histories...Cautioning educators on quick-time diagnosis, labeling, medication, and tutoring, Goertz weaves enthralling stories to help school communities accept and embrace all members."
—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
About the Author
Donna Bryant Goertz teaches in the Montessori School that she founded 30 years ago. She lives in Austin, TX.
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She gives me courage and confidence to do Montessori authentically, because I have greater understanding of how the whole prepared environment, especially including the social order, work together to allow children to reveal themselves to us and each other.
It's so powerful and I return to it again and again whenever I need to be reinspired and especially when there's that day or that child that I just can't seem to understand. It's a great read before sleeping on those nights when you can't get the kids out of your head...
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.)
During the 1998-99 school year I assisted Goertz in her classroom, and it is gratifying to see that she has to a remarkable extent been able to capture in words the atmosphere of the school, the "feel" of the classroom, and the personalities of the individual children about whom she writes.
This book is not a handbook of "classroom management," a teacher's self-help book, a "how-to" of Montessori techniques, a critique of traditional education, or an educational memoire. I see it as a lovingly detailed report on the progress of one long-term experiment in creating peaceful, peace-loving human beings through education of the whole person in community. Richly textured, it invites reading on many levels.
The book should be of interest not only to classroom teachers, but also to parents (especially parents of "difficult" children), spiritual leaders, school counselors, psychologists, sociologists, peace educators, and those interested in studies of community formation and life.
I feel even more convicted by her section about over-stimulated children in a cluttered, noisy world. She suggests, for example, keeping 90% of the toys stored away and rotating them so that the environment stays more ordered and so the children can take control of their own surroundings without being overwhelmed.
Messy rooms, she says, are the parents' fault, not the child's. Egad!
This book is definitely one to purchase and keep on your parenting shelf, reading and re-reading to get the gist of this loving and compassionate approach to children who, for whatever reason, find it hard to integrate into a team, be it classroom or family.
If you live in Austin, Texas, beware! You may be tempted to mortgage your home to send your children to Goertz's school and let them benefit from her wisdom first-hand!
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