EPISODE 6 -- A Conversation with Margaret Whitley
A conversation with Margaret Whitley, executive director of Montessori Academy of London in Ontario. Having been a Montessorian for 50 years, Margaret has had lots of opportunities to experience Montessori in a wide variety of roles. In this episode she shares her insights from these various roles -- insights from which Montessori parents, teachers, and administrators can benefit.
Some (approximate) time markers:
- Experience as a Montessori child (4:00)
- Transition to conventional education (8:00)
- Leading a school (13:00)
- Succession planning (17:00)
- The Montessori bubble (28:00)
- Recognizing what Montessori gives us (34:00)
- Some messages for parents (39:00)
EPISODE 5 -- Trauma
Pediatric neuropsychologist Dr. Jayme Jones discusses children and trauma.
- Orchid and dandelion children: Biological Sensitivity to Context
EPISODE 4 -- The Science of Sleep
Clinical psychologist and behavioral sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jennifer L. Martin discusses the science of sleep. She provides concrete ways parents can foster healthy sleep not just for their children, but the whole family.
Time markers for this episode:
- Why is sleep so important (2:00)
- Sleep and postpartum depression (6:30)
- Moral vs. scientific view of sleep and sleep training (8:30)
- Shifting the conversation to healthy sleep habits for families (18:00)
- Older children and sleep (25:30)
- Morally judging adolescents and recommendations for school start time (35:00)
- Cortisol (37:00)
Resources for further information:
- Video: Expert Sleep Advice From Dr. Jodi Mindell
- Some of Dr. Mindell's publications
- Parenting and Infant Sleep (research article)
- Behavioral Treatment of Bedtime Problems and Night Wakings in Infants and Young Children (research article)
- Adolescent Sleep Needs and Patterns (report from the National Sleep Foundation)
EPISODE 3 -- The Vertical Brain Model in Action
Neurologic music therapist Peggy Schaefer discusses the vertical brain model in action and provides concrete strategies parents and teachers can use to help children with transitions, classroom wandering, and emotion regulation. This is a must-listen for those who have or work with children with neurodiversity issues (but the information is relevant to all children).
Some time markers for this episode:
- Empathy (18:29)
- Female versus male presentation of ASD (20:30)
- Presume competence (23:45)
- Transitions (also talked about here)
- Recommendations for teachers (31:14)
- Look at how children move (32:00)
- The adult as part of the prepared environment (38:53)
- Observation (43:45)
- Wandering (51:34)
- Flooding and gating issues (55:05)
- Overshoot / Undershoot (although this is discussed throughout) (57:36)
- Presume competence: https://emmashopebook.com/2013/03/07/presume-competence-what-does-that-mean-exactly/
- Autistic inertia: http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2016/12/autistic-inertia-overview.html?m=1
- Autism as a movement disorder:
- ADHD and movement: http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/02/16/hand-movements-indicate-adhd-severity/23570.html
EPISODE 2 -- Montessori and The Vertical Brain Model
In this episode of the SMP Podcast, I talk with neuropsychologist Dr. Deborah Budding about the vertical model of the brain – a model that provides THE reason all children should have access to Montessori education. Dr. Budding also addresses how this model can help educators work with children who are not neurotypical.
You can find out more about Dr. Deborah Budding's books and other publications here.
EPISODE 1 -- Transitioning from Montessori to "Real" School
Listen to one child discuss her experience transitioning from an independent Montessori school to a conventional public middle school.