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NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.
The following videos are appropriate for parents, staff, or board members of schools with adolescent programs or considering starting or expanding a program:
Adolescent Great Work: A solid demonstration of Montessori theory into practice is portrayed when the Erdkinder Appendices are put to the reality test at the Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Community on the Farm experiment. An ethnographic approach, this video protrays an overview of the Farm School's staff and students as they actualize Montessori's land school vision without voiceover, special effects, or titles. (Available from NAMTA, 31 minutes, 2003)
The Developmental Continuum: Hershey Montessori School: Specifically made for Hershey Montessori School (Concord Twp., OH), this video/DVD demonstrates the full range of possibilities when a Montessori school begins with the parent-infant class and extends to the adolescent farm school. As a long-range planning tool this program can invite parents and boards to see the advantages of adding a young children’s community, an elementary, or an adolescent program as it communicates the richness of social life throughout the planes of education. (Available from NAMTA, 15 minutes, 2004)
Montessori Education: Doorway to Lifelong Learning: Utilizing the research of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Kevin Rathunde, NAMTA presents a DVD in which adolescent students speak candidly about their school experiences. Montessori students of all ages at Post Oak School in Houston, Texas, interact with Montessori materials, with their teachers, and with one another. The reflections of the interviewed adolescents and teachers are juxtaposed and correlated with the research conclusions. The students are positive and straightforward about the supportive atmosphere of the school and their high levels of motivation. (Available from NAMTA, 14 minutes, 2004)
Montessori High School at University Circle: This DVD shows student interviews, work in the classroom, and work in the community. The 14-minute version offers teacher professional development, while the 7-minute version is ideal for parent education and public viewings. (Available from NAMTA, 14 minutes plus a 7 minute version, 2015)
Speaking Residentially: This DVD depicts a candid view of residential life at Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Community on the Farm (Huntsburg, OH) as well as formal interviews with the 12- to 15-year-old students. (Available from NAMTA, 15 minutes, 2005).
The Work of Adolescents: This DVD shows student interviews, work in the classroom, and work on the land. The 20-minute version offers teacher professional development, while the 6-minute version is ideal for parent education and public viewings. (Available from NAMTA, 20 minutes plus a 6 minute version, 2015)
NAMTA's Role in the History of Montessori Adolescent Programming
The AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies
Print/Video Resources | Whole School Resources
Hershey Montessori School Adolescent Community on the Farm | Montessori High School at University Circle
Hershey Montessori Training Institute