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Montessori in a Dene Kindergarten – Montessori in a Dene Grade One Classroom

About Mrs. Melva

I am a kindergarten teacher and I teach Dene children in northern Canada. I am VERY interested in the Montessori method of education and I am currently doing an action research project on Montessori education and traditional Dene ways of knowing. I am working on my MEd. in curriculum and instruction. I am married, with five children and six grandchildren. I love to watch the lake and the pelicans on the lake. Here are pictures of the pelicans feeding. The gather in a circular group and herd the fish together and scoop them up to carry back to their young.

When I started this blog I was a kindergarten teacher, while still a kindergarten teacher I am now embarking on a new adventure, teaching grade one. I have completed my Med. and my action research project. I will incorporate some of the underlying philosophy of the Montessori approach in my grade one classroom although I will be more constrained by the curriculum and administrative expectations than in kindergarten. I am still teaching Dene children and will still by using as many elements of Montessori as I can as I truly believe that it is most compatible with traditional Dene ways of knowing. I now have seven grandchildren and continue to watch the pelicans on the lake.

pelicans rushing to catch fish stirred up in a storm

15 Responses to “About Mrs. Melva”

  1. deborah said

    Hi Melva
    I am just about to read your posts.
    deb

  2. deborah said

    Hi Melva
    I am also setting up my room. I will also get to take it down next weekend so the next instructor can move in. I put it away for two weeks and then set it up again for the next week of class. There are days and weekends I wonder if all the work is worth it however once I start teaching and the room resembles a real classroom I get the energy to do it just one more time. I do this 12 weekends each semester. I applaud your iniative and commitment to creating an evironment for exploration and learning. I know it takes extra committment.
    Deb

  3. Stephen said

    Wow Melva! Looks awesome. I’ve just started playing with my own blog today so I understand the time it takes to figure this stuff out. Keep it up and if you get the chance pay a visit to http://cbmasters.blogspot.com/

  4. Shelley said

    HI MELVA!
    I’m adding your blog to my bookmarks and am looking forward to reading more about your M.Ed. adventures and work in the classroom! Links to my blog can be found on the main page of my website too: http://www.shelleydeck.com
    Thanks for sharing this with me!

  5. Leptir said

    Hi! you have interesting blog. I’m a Montessori teacher, too. Just discovered your blog.

  6. Beth said

    Hi Melva. I noticed on another blog you posted you made a three part card using iworks. Would you be willing to share that template? I have been trying to make one for days with no success. Thanks!
    Beth Kulick

  7. Brenda said

    Hi Melva! Mia sent me your blog. It was fun to look at; you continue to be an amazing teacher! 🙂
    God bless you, Brenda

  8. Cynthia said

    Hi Melva:

    I am very interested in learning more about your action research project because it is something I’ve been interested in for a number of years. It seems to be such a natural fit.

    Cynthia

  9. Alexis Adi said

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I’ll learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

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