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Welcome to Trillium Montessori Talks, the podcast where we dig into the theory and application of Montessori methodology in the classroom and beyond. Join host Letty Rising for candid conversations about the challenges us Montessori teachers face and how we can enhance the classroom experience for our students and ourselves. Ready to optimize your Montessori practice? Head to https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast to learn more.

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Welcome to Trillium Montessori Talks, the podcast where we dig into the theory and application of Montessori methodology in the classroom and beyond. Join host Letty Rising for candid conversations about the challenges us Montessori teachers face and how we can enhance the classroom experience for our students and ourselves. Ready to optimize your Montessori practice? Head to https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast to learn more.

    052: Guiding a Classroom with Fewer Older Students

    052: Guiding a Classroom with Fewer Older Students

    As students get older, parents seem to become more inclined to pull their children out of Montessori programs. Especially when those classrooms have smaller groups of older students.  Parents often think that there are disadvantages to keeping their older children in this setting, but it’s actually quite the opposite: there are numerous benefits to older children in mixed-age classrooms.
    In today’s episode, I’m sharing the unique experiences offered by a mixed-age Montessori classroom, including how older children can mentor younger students, and develop leadership skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity, among other benefits. There are tremendous opportunities for older students in the Montessori school setting, and when teachers offer individualized lessons and activities, students of any age can thrive. 
    What’s in this episode:
    The benefits of older children teaching and mentoring younger children in the classroom
    How older children can be helpful when explaining big picture ideas to younger students
    Why departing before the leadership year is a missed opportunity for older students
    How to engage parents on the benefits of keeping their older students in this classroom environment
    Why it’s important to consider the individual needs of students when you have a small group of older children in your classroom, and how to create a positive learning experience
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    051: Technology and Brain Development with Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston

    051: Technology and Brain Development with Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston

    How does technology affect brain development in children? How can we mindfully incorporate technology into Montessori classrooms? Is social media inherently bad for adolescents?
    In today’s episode, Letty is joined by Dr. Luz Casquejo Johnston to discuss technology in relation to Montessori education, particularly for upper elementary and adolescent students. Luz shares insights into child and adolescent brain development, and offers advice on how to mindfully integrate technology into the Montessori environment.  
    What’s in this episode:
    Why the adolescent brain is particularly receptive to social mediaAdvice for helping students self-regulate and find a balance with technology usePreparing the environment for students’ technology use, according to their developmental stage and learning needsCollaborating with students and creating agreements around technology useFor full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit: https://www.trilliummontessori.org/
    If you enjoyed this podcast, you will love the practical and actionable classroom management advice in the Montessori Principles to Practice Webinar Libraries. Head to https://www.trilliummontessori.org/podcast for details.

    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel: https://drdansiegel.com/book/the-whole-brain-child/
    Brainstorm by Dan Siegel: https://drdansiegel.com/book/brainstorm/
    Dr. Dan Siegel's Hand Model of the Brain video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-m2YcdMdFw

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    050: From Dyslexia to Dyscalculia: Insights on Learning Disabilities with Meghan Hicks

    050: From Dyslexia to Dyscalculia: Insights on Learning Disabilities with Meghan Hicks

    As Montessori educators, we learn a lot through training and practical experience about how to guide our students. However, we often find ourselves lacking knowledge when it comes to supporting students with additional needs. 
    In today’s episode, Meghan Hicks joins Letty Rising to thoughtfully explore how we can best support children with learning disabilities. With over 20 years of experience training teachers to work with children across all age levels, Meghan shares her wisdom grounded in experience.

    Our conversation ventures into common conditions like dyslexia and dyscalculia. Yet Meghan artfully broadens the frame to consider the needs of the whole child before us. Varied pacing, continuous repetition, and strong partnerships with families are mentioned as keys to helping all children thrive. The Montessori method’s inherent adaptability is perfectly suited for working with children of varying ranges of abilities.
    What you’ll hear about:
    How Montessori principles align closely with modern understandings of neurodiversityHow the Montessori approach honors the unique pace and interests of all childrenTools and strategies that aid comprehensionFostering better home-school collaborationWhile some gaps may exist in training programs, Meghan explains how our timeless philosophy has exactly what we need to nurture diverse learners. Jump into this podcast here to further expand your perspective!

    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:
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    049: Executive Functioning Skills in the Montessori Elementary Classroom

    049: Executive Functioning Skills in the Montessori Elementary Classroom

    The elementary age is the time when children are really developing their executive functioning skills. A highly teacher-directed environment doesn’t really give students the space and grace to explore and develop these skills. A Montessori environment, on the other hand, is built for such exploration.
    In today’s episode, we’re talking about the various executive functioning skills that children need to develop, how the Montessori classroom encourages students to learn at their own pace, and ways that teachers can support their students in developing these skills.
    What’s in this episode:
    [01:12] What executive functioning is, and how the Montessori environment supports the development of independence and give students the space to practice a variety of skills
    [04:47] How Montessori students are encouraged to learn planning skills, including collaboration, and how an emphasis on flexible thinking helps children learn how to be adaptable
    [08:17] How choosing their own activities and setting their pace helps students learn how to manage their time effectively
    [10:21] How teachers can create a supportive and nurturing environment for students to feel comfortable and confident developing their executive functioning skills, and why the Montessori environment is conducive to this learning


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    • 21 min
    048: Beyond Early Childhood and Materials: Montessori Across the Planes of Development with Luz Casquejo Johnston

    048: Beyond Early Childhood and Materials: Montessori Across the Planes of Development with Luz Casquejo Johnston

    Maria Montessori’s theories of developmental psychology include her foundational observations of the planes of development for children. These planes outline various milestones physically and mentally as the child’s education progresses, and it’s so interesting to see common threads emerge when observing Montessori students in the classroom.
    In today’s episode, I’m talking to Luz Casquejo Johnston, a parenting and life coach and a seasoned Montessori educator. Luz shares what she learned after experiencing all three planes of development in the span of one summer. She offers insights on the importance of reflection, observation, and the preparation of the Montessori teacher.
    Luz also shares the importance of asking “why?” - not only to find out the answer to educational concepts, but because our students will also be asking “why?”. We are better teachers when we are well-informed. 
    What’s in this episode:
    Luz shares about experiencing all 3 planes of development in one summer
    The debate on the appropriateness of didactic materials in the Montessori classroom
    Why observation is crucial for Montessori teachers
    The common threads Luz noticed when going through the 3 planes of development
    How self-reflection helps students and teachers
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:
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    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    Do Didactic Materials Belong in the Infant & Toddler Classroom? by David Shelton-Dodge (From the Spring 2023 Issue of Montessori Life Magazine)
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    • 39 min
    047: Montessori Literacy and the Science of Reading: Insights from Zil Jaeger

    047: Montessori Literacy and the Science of Reading: Insights from Zil Jaeger

    There’s a Montessori notion out there that we shouldn’t teach letter names along with letter sounds to our young learners. We’ve often heard that children don’t need to know the names of letters to read a word. And while that’s technically true, the Science of Reading suggests we should reframe our thinking around letter names.
    In today’s episode, I’m talking to Zil Jaeger, an experienced Montessori teacher, consultant and coach with a passion for literacy and steadfast commitment to anti-biased and anti-racist education. Zil shares what we can learn from the growing body of science about how children learn to read, how we can support learners who don’t have foundational literacy skills, and what Zil thinks educators should stop doing when it comes to literacy for young learners. 
    Zil also emphasizes how important repetition is to children learning to read. The more exposure they have to letter names and sounds, the better for their reading journey.
    What’s in this episode:
    What Montessorians can learn from the growing body of science about how we learn to read
    Why Zil recommends teaching letter names as well as sounds for young Montessori learners
    How we can empower learners to understand how human brains learn how to read
    How educators can best support learners who enter a younger elementary classroom without foundational literacy skills
    Zil’s recommended resources for teachers who want to learn more about the Science of Reading
    What Zil thinks educators should NOT be doing in terms of literacy
    For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit:
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    Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI)
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    Book: Powerful Literacy in the Montessori Classroom by Susan Zoll, Natasha Feinberg, and Laura Saylor
    Book: Speech to Print by Louisa Cook Moats
    Lexia LETRS Professional Learning
    The Literacy Nest
    Book: Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise Eide
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A great resource for educators

After taking many of Trillium’s online courses, I’m excited to see what their podcast will bring! So far, just like their courses, they have done a wonderful job curating relevant topics and bringing in fresh perspectives and ideas to common challenges of the classroom.

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Best podcast for Montessori guides!

So much good information already and I’m only on episode 2!

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