Presented at the Montessori in Asia conference on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. PDF of slides available at tinyurl.com/HughesLectureResources.

As Montessori showed us, the conditions necessary to meet the challenges of a growing mind (and body) require distinctly different conditions across the planes of development. In the first plane, the child constructs an advanced "central processor" through distinctly cognitive-developmental experiences. During the second plane, his or her mind learns to solve more complex problems and engage in further self-guided discovery of the wider world around them. The Montessori child entering an adolescent community has an entirely new set of emotional, social (and continuing cognitive!) tasks ahead. This lectures reviews the developmental tasks of adolescence, and shows how the Montessori adolescent community both continues and expands the work done in earlier planes, as he or she refines core values and unique contribution to the world.

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