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  1. Oct 2020
    1. us ed tech folks will recognize some of the themes – individualized learning, learner choice, self-direction, – to name a few.

      Aren't these all just Montessori principles under a different name?

  2. Jun 2020
  3. Feb 2019
    1. If it were so very easy to look things up,

      Despite the "brick pencil" prolepsis above, I still don't feel like the (simultaneous) potential for de-evolution is sufficiently addressed here.

      Yesterday I attended a parent-teacher conference at my daughter's elementary school. One spelling exercise she did strikes me as relevant here. She would be shown a card by a teacher with a word spelled out and have to spell it out orally in front of there (this was accompanied by a kind of patty cake hand work.) Then she would cross the room and spell the word out on paper. The goal was obviously to drive home the spelling in some deeper way and used only basic human motor and brain functions.

      Meanwhile, there are words I routinely misspell: accommodate, guarantee, for example. I basically don't know how to spell them. But I am able to rely on autocorrect/spellcheck--spelling augmentation software--to get by. Is that augmented intellect or handicapped intellect?

      There's no doubt that being able to look things up easily helps me function. But something is lost as well, no?

  4. Jun 2018
    1. The young child’s natural inclination to touch and experience their world in a tactile manner explains why the world famous Montessori apparatus has such fascinating appeal to a child. 

      Sensory perception for learning.

    1. Montessori observed how children learned the language without anyone teaching them. This sparked her idea for the “absorbent mind”.

      Children learn without being taught through the ability to make their own choices rather than going through lessons.

    2. When the children are able to do things for themselves there is an increase in their self belief, self confidence and esteem that they may carry on throughout their life.

      Children learn best when they have the opportunity to do things themselves.

  5. Jul 2016