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In the Montessori Method, teachers provide lessons to individuals or in small groups. Then students choose what lessons they want to work on during lengthy, uninterrupted work cycles. The classrooms are multi-age, giving older students a chance to mentor younger students.
Hands-on tools for math especially excite student Renell Brown. He loves math and tackles solving the algebra problem 3x + 7 = 4x by using an object resembling a scale. On one side he places three blue chess pieces (the x’s) and a red cube with a seven on it. On the other side, four blue chess pieces. Next he carefully removes the same number of blue pieces from each side until they cancel each other out. Just the red 7 and one chess piece remain, thus x = 7. Problem solved!
“It’s helpful having all these materials,” nine-year old Renell said. “I used to be at a school that was challenging for me. When I came here, the materials helped me with understanding.”
Get to know Geiger
Innovation Model: Geiger uses the Montessori model, an educational approach that emphasizes self-directed learning. Each classroom is a mix of ages and comprises three grades (for example, first through third grade or 3-years-old through kindergarten). Students work uninterrupted for long periods of time on tasks that they choose. The approach aims to cultivate concentration, leadership, self-motivation and a sense of community.
Students best served: Montessori can benefit every child, especially when they begin the program in preschool.
Grades: Preschool through fifth grade.
Teacher training: Geiger’s classroom teachers have completed their Montessori training.
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Special and after-school programs: • Chess class • Student government • Open Arts studio classes • Girl Scouts • Good News Club, an evangelical Christian club.
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