Summary of Main Topics

I.  Being committed to laws of nature (Montessori environment)
Three Montessori principles — (1) Observation (2) Individual Liberty (3) Preparation of the Environment

II. Control the Environment, not the Child.
Child — unknown entity, spirit; “hub” child in misbehavior scenario
Environment — everything tangible around child; i.e., adult personality, physical objects, other children

III. Analyzing Scenarios (basis of total environment)
Priorities for attention
Level 1— Physical harm to child
Level 2— Physical harm to objects
Level 3— Fantasy

IV. The Techniques

1. Eye contact 6. Repetition
2. Proximity 7. Cooperative Touching
3. Distraction 8. Reflective Language
4. Clear Direction* 9. Questioning
5. Patient Waiting 10. Imagination – previsioning






V.  *Disobedience (causes) — (1) don’t know how (2) can’t (power struggle)

VI.  Polishing the Environment
1. Beginning Conditions (group activity)
2. Scanning and Supervision
3. Concentration-Normalization

VII.  Lesson Presentation (any adult-child interaction)
1. Misbehavior
2. Sensorial Introduction
3. Nomenclature (Seguin 3-period lesson)

VIII. The Protocols

1. Well-being of Total Environment 11. Enhance Independence
2. Least Amount of Adult Involvement 12. No Rules for Children
3. Present Moment 13. Emphasize Main Point(s) —
Isolate Variable
4. No Negative Attention to Misbehavior 14. Child Watching
5. Don’t Correct Child 15. Same Routines all the Time
6. Basis of Interest (ask; touch/look) 16. Take out Everything
7. Model Good Behavior 17. From the Shelf
8. Eye contact before Talking 18. Lay out Randomly
9. Don’t Interrupt Concentration 19. Simplify Complexity — Hint
10. Be Friendly — Get Acquainted 20. Confirm Accuracy —
Clarify/Expand