Montessori is an alternative educational model that holds as its highest ideal respect for the autonomy of the individual. (I like to use the word alternative because that gets his mind in the right frame.) We capitalize on the child's natural love of learning and provide him with the tools he needs to teach himself. We believe that learning comes from within the child rather than being imposed upon him by a central authority and that socialization is a natural outcome of self-respect. If you go into a Montessori classroom, it looks different because the adult is not in the center of the room directing all the activities. Rather, each child pursues his interests by choosing from a wide variety of carefully preselected materials. So, it's not rigid and it's not a free-for-all. You'll see lots of busy, engaged children doing all kinds of things simultaneously. The teachers are keenly observing what the children are doing and will give individual lessons or guidance when necessary, but otherwise, they stand ready, allowing the children to follow where their curiosity leads them. You'll notice that the children seem to love what they are doing; they are lively and self possessed, combined with a sense of caring and sharing for their classmates. As you watch, you'll likely say to yourself, "This is a school I want to go to."
It is the only Pedagogy scientifically studied, and practised and proven! It is a holistic method of child development, derived from tireless scientific observation of children, their growth, maturation, learning and immense capacity to absorb and supported with innovative carefully structured and didactic apparatus, that aids the development of the child’s brain and growing personality.
The calm, peaceful nature of the prepared Montessori classroom creates a feeling of wellbeing you won’t often find in traditional preschool environments. So, you won't only be pursuing a highly rewarding and fulfilling career, but you will be contributing greatly to the lives and growth of children! This training is unique, making you competent to work in both Montessori and mainstream whereas a non Montessori trained teacher cannot claim expertise to work in Montessori! Training gives you status from assistant to directress, to school owner, through opportunities for continued professional development!
While the process to become a Montessori teacher varies according to an array of training traditions, many of the hallmarks of Montessori teacher formation are consistent across the movement.
Montessori teacher preparation, in short, combines a strong emphasis on the how’s of teaching and learning
Theory and practice are integrated in an intensive, hands-on program, which many describe as deeper, more demanding, and more meaningful than prior educational experiences.
What is the experience and background of the lead trainer, and those who teach theory, philosophy, and observation classes? Do they have a good chunk of experience as lead teachers in a full/wholesome authentic Montessori classroom? Do they have a background in Montessori adult education or other work with adults?
In terms of the degrees of separation from Dr. Montessori, how far is/are the trainer(s) in the program, and especially the lead trainer and the trainer who gives philosophy, theory and observation courses? How committed is the training curriculum/instruction & facilitator committed to Dr. Maria’s Vision and the entire principles of the method? From rich knowledge, and profound value of the Philosophy, to deep understanding and appreciation of practicum and greatly honed skills of expertise in balancing theory to practice, and lastly, wisdom of the scientific knowledge of the use, the benefits, and the execution of the didactic materials to scaffold learning, and least of all, the continuum of best practises within the environment. The more removed we are from Dr. Montessori, the more likely other sources and influences have crept in.
Will you be provided with enough material? The program must be fundamentally committed to quality instruction. A comprehensive program will provide a combination of study based content - video, extended reading, links to external learning, written coursework assignments, practical & observational assignments, reflective learning, critical thinking derivatives, research, and not limited to students discussions in subject topics with each other in their cohort groups etc.
The reading list provided will also tell you many things about the program. Are most of the books on the list by Dr. Montessori herself? Are there books that are more recent? Are there books about child-development and/or developmental psychology?
High quality programs must offer exploration of theories, and deep perspectives on developmental psychology, combined with grounding of Montessori Traditions. And must be comprehensive enough to offer, theory based learning of Montessori Education properly combined with hands on classroom modelled environment setup supervised practice.
The biggest aim of any quality training center is to provide opportunity for personal transformation. Ask about this from them. Their answer, or lack thereof, will tell you an awful lot about the quality and integrity of the program.
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