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The Podcast

Do You See? Is a podcast about our Mountain West Montessori school community; we are a public K-9 charter school located in South Jordan, Utah. This podcast exists to tell some stories about our students and school, help you get to know our staff, and explore topics relevant to education in general and Montessori education in particular. Enjoy!

Episode 19

You Asked, We Answered

Oct 18, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Audrey answer all those burning questions we received from students and parents, including the all-important one about Ms. Angie’s Tesla. Feel free t...

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Episode 18

It's All in Your Head

Oct 11, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Kari discuss mindfulness. What is it? And is it a bunch of “woo” or is there solid research behind it? Ms. Angie dates herself with a classic “kids t...

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Episode 17

Hopes & Fears

Oct 02, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Alisha host a guest panel of three 9th grade students who share their hopes and fears for high school as they finish up their time at our school…a vulnerable look...

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Episode 16

Those Can-Do Pigs

Sep 19, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Mr. Alden, Ms. Terra, and Ms. Karen talk about initiative and the importance of so-called “soft skills” in success. Do our students sit around waiting for someone else t...

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Episode 15

Belongingness

Sep 07, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Rebecca, and Ms. Melissa K. talk about the human need for belonging and the importance of creating classroom communities of acceptance, inclusion, and social support...

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Episode 14

Attention!

Aug 21, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Autumn discuss focus and how students engage with work. They examine the idea of the state of “flow”, as researched by a Hungarian psychologist whose...

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Episode 13

Advice from the Pros

Aug 10, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Alisha interview three students, a 7th grader, 8th grader, and 9th grader about their school experiences and get all the pro tips about surviving and thriving in ...

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Episode 12

Culinary Denial

Jun 12, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Chef Rick Pettingill discuss our amazing school lunches and Chef Rick shares some tips for getting our students to try new foods. Ms. Angie shares some r...

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Episode 11

Montessori 101

Jun 03, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Hailey talk about the essentials of the Montessori method and the difficulty in trying to explain it all quickly, because there is so much to it! Wit...

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Episode 10

I Heart Books

May 23, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, Ms. Melissa, Ms. Sheri, and Ms. Kimberly discuss the love of reading, and the amount of literacy expertise in this group is sure to impart some wisdom. The...

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Episode 9

The Softest Brick Wall

May 16, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Kari discuss boundaries and the Montessori notion of “freedom within limits”. They also dispel the myth that students in Montessori school can do wha...

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Episode 8

Going Out

May 09, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Laura discuss experiential learning and the ways in which going out into the world can benefit students. Ms. Angie is a glutton for punishment when i...

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Episode 7

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

Apr 22, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Allison discuss the terrifying topic of the adolescent brain. It turns out this is the second biggest time of change for the human brain, as you migh...

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Episode 6

Friendly Mistakes

Mar 28, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, Ms. Melissa, and Mr. Alden discuss growth mindset, which emerged from research at Stanford University, and how we can help children become friendly with their...

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Episode 5

A Pulchritudinous Episode

Mar 19, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Becca lucidly discuss some recondite vocabulary words and ask: how do we learn new words and how do we foster a rich vocabulary in children? Ms. Angi...

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Episode 4

Possibilities

Mar 06, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Katie discuss creativity and present some excellent evidence that Montessori-educated children are more creative than their traditionally-educated pee...

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Episode 3

Sorry Not Sorry

Mar 05, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Melissa discuss conflict resolution and the four styles of communication, as well as the use of the peace table to increase students’ emotional intell...

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Episode 2

Your Attitude Is Showing

Mar 04, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, Ms. Melissa, and Ms. Rebecca talk about the benefits of positive thinking and gratitude. They stress the importance of having fun at work, which they certainl...

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Episode 1

I Already Knew That

Mar 03, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this pilot episode Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Melissa explore confirmation bias, in which humans fool themselves by giving more weight to evidence that confirms their existing ideas than to ...

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