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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 33

Costa Rica Club

Mar 03, 2020 Angie Johnson

This episode was written and recorded by the students in our Costa Rica Travel Club. These students are going on an educational eco-tourism trip to Costa Rica in April, and created this episode to ...

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Episode 32

A Lasting Peace

Feb 28, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and special guest Dr. Lois Bobo discuss Montessori peace education in two parts: (1) the teaching of conflict resolutions skills and (2) the instilling of va...

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Episode 31

Growing Pains

Feb 19, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Alisha acknowledge the importance of friendships to children and discuss how to handle friendship trouble in a way that communicates capability and allows childre...

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Episode 30

Lucky Stars

Feb 05, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Laura discuss gratitude and how practicing gratitude can increase resilience. Ms. Angie introduces a gratitude exercise that can rewire our brains to...

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Episode 29

I Got You Babe

Feb 05, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Melissa talk about our school guidelines for bringing infants to work, and Ms. Melissa shares her experience in bringing her baby, Rosie, to school with her for t...

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Episode 28

The Big League

Jan 15, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and her special guest, her son Cambell, discuss high school. Cambell talks about his experiences at Bingham High and gives his tips for having a heart-to-heart conversati...

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Episode 27

The Game is Afoot

Jan 15, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Alisha discuss gamification in education. Ms. Alisha spills the beans about her classroom theme next year, and shares her expertise about how to incorporate stude...

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Episode 26

When Beetles Battle Beetles

Jan 15, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Sandee discuss power struggles—what they are, why they happen, and how to avoid them. Parenting tips abound in this useful discussion, which might re...

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Episode 25

Title One Sure is Fun!

Jan 15, 2020 Angie Johnson

In this short solo episode, Ms. Angie offers enlightenment on just what Title I funding is, where it comes from, and what it is used for at our school. She also reviews MWMA’s Parent & Family Engag...

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Episode 24

Z's

Dec 08, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Alisha explore the fascinating topic of sleep. How much sleep do we need? What is the importance of dream sleep? Do insects sleep? Why does good “sleep hygiene” l...

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Episode 23

The Great Lessons

Dec 08, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Kari explain the Montessori Great Lessons. What exactly are they? Why do we have them? How are they presented? They are part of an authentic Montessori curriculum...

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Episode 22

Mathemaphobia

Dec 08, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Ms. Olena discuss mathematical anxiety—is this a real thing? How does it happen? What does it look like? How can we recognize and alleviate it at home an...

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Episode 21

I Can't Remember

Nov 21, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie and Ms. Alisha introduce “memory palaces” and the human talent for spatial memory, as elucidated by Sherlock Holmes and Simonides, the ancient Greek poet who left the ban...

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Episode 20

Food for Thought

Nov 21, 2019 Angie Johnson

In this episode, Ms. Angie, Ms. Alisha, and Coach Austin delve into the nitty-gritty details regarding childhood nutrition and the brain. Spoiler alert: kids can learn when they eat healthy food. F...

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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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