Proposal: Collaboratively develop a Wholistic Learning Environment utilising the proven methodology and pedagogue of Montessori at Horohoro School. People who have used Montessori - a proven learning method that gives results • Larry Page and Sergey Brin - founders of Google Jeff Bezos - founder of Amazon.com Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - former first lady (John F. Kennedy) Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs - singer Prince William and Prince Harry • Julia Child - author, chef, TV cooking shows Elizabeth Berridge - actress Kami Cotler - actress Melissa and Sarah Gilbert - actors Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Nobel Prize winner for Literature Katherine Graham - ex-owner of the Washington Post Anne Frank - author, diarist from World War II Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) is talking education, mentioning that Montessori schools are doing a better job than most in teaching independent thinking Famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children: Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others) Cher Bono, singer-actress Yul Brynner (dec.), actor Bill & Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY Barrack and Michelle Obama Michael Douglas, actor Shari Lewis (dec.), puppeteer Yo Yo Ma, cellist Others with a Montessori Connection: Alexander Graham Bell (dec.), noted inventor, and his wife Mabel founded the Montessori Education Assocation in 1913. They also provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States. Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped found a Montessori school President Wilson's daughter trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson's presidency Jean Piaget (dec.), noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school. He was also head of the Swiss Montessori Society for many years. Bilingual Montessori will incompass: • • • • • • • ü ü ü ü Montessori methodology (Clinton, Obama, Facebook, Google Boys, Swindells) Accelerated Learning techniques Specifically trained Montessori Teacher Bi/ multi lingual (English, Maori, Spanish, Chinese) Te Ao Maori – Marae kaupapa, kawa, … ECC/ Kohanga, Yrs 1-7 (PS), Yr 8-13 (HS) Enrichment education Permaculture – sustainable living Music Science Kapahaka Te Ao Maori & Montessori History – Dissonance between beliefs and practice • • • • • Ako Whakamana - Empowerment Kotahitanga - Holistic Development. Whānau Tangata - encompasses the wider world of family and community. Ngā Hononga - the way children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things using the concept of Ako. The Montessori Method • The method discourages traditional competitive measurements of achievement, such as grades and tests, and instead focuses on the individual progress and development of each child. • Children of different ages share the same classes, and are encouraged to collaborate and help each other. Specific educational materials are used to keep children interested, and there is an emphasis on "practical life skills".
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