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December 20, 2016

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year. Wishing you the gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, Hope.

From all of us at MTC.

December 6, 2016

NEW! Montessori Dementia Program at One Kenton Place

Montessori Teachers College is the only Montessori Training Centre in Canada to sponsor this program.

The Montessori Dementia Program

  • is designed for family members, PSW’s, other care providers and volunteers who are supporting individuals living with dementia.
  • presents a new way to think about and provide support for persons living with dementia and their caregivers, using proven Montessori philosophy and systems.
  • provides practical techniques and methods taught by both experienced Montessori and Dementia trainers
  • gives care providers additional skills that will enable them to create a more purposeful, dignified life for those in their care by encouraging people living with dementia to do for themselves rather than do for them.

Participants will:

  • learn how to create Montessori-based systems and material for dementia care that improves the quality of daily life for both the individaul and the caregiver.

This 4 day course is presently being held at One Kenton Place, Toronto.

The next course will be held February 4, 11, 25 & March 4, 2017 at 12 Bannockburn Ave. Toronto.

For more information:

Phone:  416 640 1565

Email: admin@montessoriteacherscollege.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Dean’s Desk

October 14, 2015

I hope all our readers had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday.    Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude and there seems to be more and more for which to be grateful each year.

We were delighted to welcome our new E.C.Diploma adult learners who started their studies with MTC in Toronto and in Calgary last month, with Helen Traicus leading the Toronto group and Sherin Alibhai leading the Calgary group.   We also began an Assistants’ course in Mississauga in September led by Nuzhet Karim.

We all enjoyed Graduation which took place in Toronto in September.  We are always very pleased to meet the family and friends who have supported our graduates each year.

We are grateful to Katie Lannaman who gave the splendid Valedictorian address to the group at Graduation in September.  Her inspiring words are attached.  MTC Graduation Speech 2015.

Katie married Beni recently and we all wish the happy couple many years of bliss together.  A picture of Katie and Beni is attached.

Katie

Future plans:

Toronto:   Our next Infant Toddler MACTE accredited Infant Toddler course will begin in January 2016.    Our Infant Toddler Assistants’ course will also begin in Toronto in January.

Calgary: Sherin will begin another Montessori Assistants’ course in January 2016.

CAMT:  I am pleased to be presenting a workshop on Developing Leadership Skills at the CAMT Conference on November 6, and look forward to meeting friends there again.

Until next time!

Paula Glasgow, Dean

From the Dean’s Desk

REMINDER TO ALL MONTESSORI SCHOOL OWNERS

CANADA – ONTARIO JOB GRANT

As an employer with a particular skills demand, The Canada-Ontario Job Grant might be right for you. The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees.

It will:

  • Provide up to $10,000. in government support per person for training costs
  • Require employers to contribute one-third of the total costs.  There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.
  • Require training to be delivered by an eligible third party trainer.

MTC IS A PRIVATE CAREER COLLEGE AND THEREFORE IS AN ELIGIBLE THIRD PARTY TRAINER.

For details visit http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/

May 19, 2015

FROM THE PRESIDENT

CCMA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

On May 15 2015 I and approximately 459 other Montessorians, attended the 5th Annual P.D. Day, held at Northstar Montessori School, in Mississauga.

I think this is a record. It was wonderful spotting former students and friends in the crush of people.

Dr. Steven Hughes, pediatric neuropsychologist, with a strong interest in everything Montessori, (je is presently Chair of AMI Global Research Committee and a member of AMS Research Committee), spoke to this huge crowd, which filled the gym, with some people having to stand and some poking their heads into the room.

In two separate presentations, he:

a) discussed what makes Montessori education so effective in “fueling the flame” of each child’s unique identity and helps produce curious, creative, morally inspired adults and

b) reviewed key neuroscience research and discussed how Montessori Education stimulates brain and cognitive development.

It is always good to receive current information and confirm that our efforts with the children matter.

Florene Shuber, President

November 17, 2014

CAMT CONFERENCE

It was wonderful to meet so many friends and colleagues in The Old Mill Hotel at the 2014 Conference.  We enjoyed Jonathan Wolff’s Keynote presentation, and the enriching selection of workshops.  We send good wishes to Claudia Langlois, the new CAMT President, and her committee for their future work of providing stimulating Professional Education opportunities for Montessori teachers.

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA

Our colleague, Zahra Faroud from Lethbridge, attended the CAMT Conference with her friend Claire who teaches a 6 – 9 Montessori class in a Lethbridge Public School.

CALGARY, ALBERTA

EC Course

Thanks to Helen Traicus who joined the team of Calgary examiners for the recent, successful oral examinations.

Assistants’ Course

Alberta Human Services has confirmed that adult learners successfully completing the Assistants’ Course will be eligible for Child Development Assistant certification.   Application guidelines and the certification guide can be found at: www.humanservices.alberta.ca/certification.

TORONTO

The Early Childhood Montessori Assistants’ Course, under the guidance of Nandita Agarwala, is drawing to a close.  This group is currently working on preparing samples of Language materials which will be useful in their future careers.

The Early Childhood Montessori Diploma group is beginning the Sensorial module under the guidance of Daureena Facchini.  Our Registrar, Debbie Couture is finalising internship placements for this group.

Until next week…..

Paula Glasgow, Dean

 

 

From the Dean’s Desk

November 3, 2014

Additional Site MACTE Accreditation:   We are delighted to have received full accreditation from MACTE for our Early Childhood Diploma Course in Calgary.  Congratulations to MTC representative, Sherin Hasham, and to the group of Calgary MTC adult learners.

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Sherin has just started a new EC Montessori Assistants’ Course in Calgary with a large number of participants.  Watch out for a photo of that group of adult learners soon!

Next week, my blog will include a photograph of the MTC Lethbridge, Alberta Montessori EC Assistants’ group with trainer Zahra Faroud.  Zahra is the owner of two Montessori schools in Lethbridge.

CAMT Conference:  I look foward to meeting Zahra and many other friends at the CAMT conference in Toronto on November 7th.

Until next week…

 

From the Dean’s Desk

October 8, 2014

MTC’s TENTH YEAR OF DELIVERING EXCELLENT MONTESSORI TRAINING
Montessori Teachers College has commenced the 10th year of high quality Montessori training. Watch out for exciting developments during the coming year.

Our new year started with great enthusiasm and energy:

• Graduation was held on Sept. 24  Many thanks to valedictorian, Heather Wright, accompanied by her two beautiful daughters. Amongst many kind remarks,    Heather shared the following:

 “Graduation is a time of reflecting on the past and looking onward to the future. It is a time that we, as graduates, get together for one last hurrah before moving on to bigger and better adventures. I feel honoured to have studied with such compassionate, positive, curious, respectful and highly talented people. Within our first month alone, we were sewing meticulously measured folding cloths, with just the right fabrics and colour- coding. This certainly set the tone for the year ahead and it slowly became clearer to us why this exactness and attention to detail is so important in understanding the philosophy of the one and only Dr. Maria Montessori. With all the readings, written assignments and discussions, and through the extensive internship throughout the year, I have certainly experienced a “change of heart.”

Graduation 2014

Graduation 2014

Heather continued by thanking the MTC faculty and administration, and offered a special thanks for all the family support she and the graduates received throughout the year. We are grateful to Heather for making this presentation. Thank you, Heather.

 

• Toronto: Our new EC Diploma and Assistants’ courses began at Bannockburn on September 27.
• Calgary: The Calgary EC diploma group are preparing for final assessments, and a new MTC Montessori Assistants’ Course, led by MTC representative and trainer, Sherin Hasham, will begin later this month
• Lethbridge:  The MTC Early Childhood Assistants’ course is ongoing currently – led by experienced trainer Zahra Faroud, who owns two Montessori schools in Lethbridge.

• School Visit: Paula and Florene enjoyed visiting Liberty Prep School, a new school in an urban Toronto setting.

 

MTC Graduates Leslie & Erin with Florene Shuber, President, MTC

MTC Graduates
Leslie & Erin with Florene Shuber, President, MTC

Till next time…… Paula Glasgow

Message from Paula Glasgow

Montessori News from MTC  on January 15, 2014.

Chris Hadfield             Helene Hadfield

From the Dean’s desk:

Retired astronaut, Chris Hadfield, is in Ireland at present.

I was delighted to meet him and his wife last Saturday.

From the Dean’s Desk

News from the Dean’s Desk at

Montessori Teachers College on November 18, 2013

 

Thanks to Kendra Hern for forwarding link below to a very interesting article

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/

Review of New Book:

I am reading  The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three written by Susan Mayclin Stephenson and look forward to sharing a review next week.

Message to 2013 Infant Toddler Group from Martine

“Please tell the group I’m doing very well. Travelled a lot in the last few months. Just back from Budapest and Serbia. So no more travelling before the baby is born. The baby will most likely be called Iselin Clare. Iselin is a Norwegian name but with Celtic roots (same as Aisling). Maple can be her nick name. After all she will only have the connection to Canada 🙂 Say hi to all of them from me. And I hope in the future I can come to Canada again .”   Note from Paula: some of the group thought a good name for Martine’s baby might be ‘Maple!’

Review of CAMT Keynote speaker

See attached for Paula’s review of Paula Polk Lillard’s presentation titled: Montessori and the Human Spirit. 

  •     Professional Education 

There continues to be is great interest in our next Professional Education Workshop:

Topic:  Autism: A Montessori Approach presented by Michelle Lane-Barmapov.

Do reserve your place soon by contacting Debbie Couture at 416 640 1565 to register; alternatively, you can download the Registration Form from our website: www.montessoriteacherscollege.com

NB:    Michelle will have copies of her book: Autism: A Montessori Approach for  sale at $12.00 per book.

 

  •   2014 Courses 

The following MTC courses commence in January 2014:

Elementary Part 1 (commences with on-line module)

Infant Toddler

Introduction to Montessori philosophy and materials for Assistants

Later in Spring 2014 MTC will offer an enriched review course for those who have already taken the Assistants’ course.

 Montessori Method for Dementia

Two Day Workshops:   Debbie Couture, Director of Training for this programme will teach at Montessori for Seniors, 16 Coldwater Rd. North York, ON on the following dates:

December 9 & 10

To register:     Registration forms available on MTC website.  You can also contact

Debbie Couture at MTC:  416 640 1565

 

 Montessori and the Human Spirit presented by Keynote Speaker, Paula Polk Lillard

 It was a great pleasure to meet Paula Polk Lillard again and to be present at her inspirational presentation on Montessori and the Human Spirit.

At the outset, Paula explained that her lifelong inspiration has been her experiences at Forest Bluff Montessori School which she cofounded in 1982.  She outlined the four Planes of Development and focused on the child as a spiritual being.  She explained clearly that each human being is in the process of self-formation and is adapted to time, place and culture.

It was good to be reminded that Dr. Montessori was a very practical person who had no expectations of perfection.  Instead she recognized the human spirit in each person and believed that each person needed to adapt to the circumstances and situations of life.

Adaptation:  Unlike animals who operate through instinct, the child is a formed vessel at birth.  The child’ first task is to adapt to life outside the womb and that this adaptation is supported by the life into which the child is born.

While the latest fad in today’s life is a reliance on technology, Paula stressed that the ultimate questions for the young person are the following:   who am I, and what am I to do with my life?

A Unique Method:  Dr. Montessori went beyond individual happiness as a goal for life, Paula Polk Lillard continued.  Dr. Montessori believed that we are given the gift of self formation, and she pioneered a detailed plan that matches that lofty vision.  She spent six years in India. Her scientific background, unusual life experiences and innate intelligence helped her to understand that each child is destined to adapt to all aspects of culture.    Montessori is a truly unique universal educational system that suits children in today’s world.

Humility and lifelong learning:  Paula reminded us that this very important quality does not come easily to teachers.  Dr. Montessori knew she needed to engage in lifelong learning to understand the child.  She kept up with the work and progress of others and was curious until the end of her life. She had openness to all knowledge which is necessary for Montessori teachers in today’s world. It was interesting to know that she met Freud and Piaget.

Paula Polk Lillard then shared her knowledge and experiences with children from birth to early adulthood, using beautiful pictures from Forest Bluff School.  She reminded us that the child’s development does not move in a linear fashion but follows the Four Planes of Development, each with specific goals and spurts.  The child develops specific attributes to meet these goals.

The Planes of Development

The child’s development begins in the First Plane lasting from 0 – 3 years.  The Toddler develops freedom for disciplined action.  This was illustrated by an important video in which a 14 month old child revealed tremendous joy when completing a task of wiping up spilt milk.

The child in the First Plane of Development explores as an individual in an environment that offers real experiences.  The child continues to develop self control, recognition of the rights of others and respect for others.  The child’s will is represented by self discipline.  Respect for the environment, for adults and for adult authority is in place by age of six, but it all begins in the 0 – 3 community.

The child in the Second Plane of Development, which lasts from 6 – 12 years, is interested in other children’s minds.  The goals of the Second Plane are only met if the goals of the First Plane have been met.  The children work in groups at Elementary level.  Qualities of morality, justice and gratitude emerge, while social relationships are developed.  The Great Lessons are an important part of the Elementary curriculum.  These are imaginary, not factual.  Their purpose is to get children excited so that they will follow up with their own research.  The Great Lessons are followed by Key Lessons.

The 3rd Plane of Development lasts from 12 – 18 years.  This can be a bewildering time for the adolescent, who experiences great inner turmoil.  Dr. Montessori compared this time to the fragile, vulnerable child aged 0 – 3 years.  The adolescent, who displays exuberance and a super confidence, needs much support and a special approach for a positive outcome.  The adolescents also need opportunities to identify their strengths and weaknesses.  They are risk takers who need to succeed.  Physical challenges in the outdoors replace the Montessori materials of the previous two Planes.  They engage in research from primary resources.  They need intellectual challenges by working with adults who reveal their passions to the adolescents.  This leads the adolescents to see possibilities for their future lives.  In this way the human spirit of the child reacts to the adult’s human spirit.

Paula Polk Lillard reminded us that the adolescent teacher is a Renaissance person and this is more important than having specific knowledge.

Finally, Paula shared the exciting news that Beacon Academy High School will open in Chicago in 2014.  This High School will be an amalgamation of six High Schools.

Summary:  Paula Polk Lillard reminded us that the child is a spiritual being who adapts to the environment.  The child experiences a process of formation during which self discipline is developed.  The child develops intellect, will, appreciation, choice, compassion, steadfastness and wisdom amongst other attributes and this is the secret of human development.

Submitted by Paula Glasgow, Dean, Montessori Teachers College, Toronto

 

 

  • Until next week…..

From the Dean’s Desk

News from the Dean’s Desk at

Montessori Teachers College on November 11, 2013

 

  •       Remembrance Day

Mr. Ken Maslen, a WWII Veteran, visited Bannockburn School today to share some of his memories with the children and staff.  I was honoured to be present at this very moving ceremony when the children’s brass band played Last Post, followed by a Minute of Silence.  The children recited and sang In Flanders Field.  Poems by Kohimo and Laurence Binyon were followed by a presentation to Mr. Maslen of a Poppy Wreath made by one of the Casa classes.

 

  •       Happy Event

We were delighted to welcome Tasha Wynter and her husband Sherwin when they visited  with their new baby, Willow.  See beautiful picture below.  We look forward to meeting Willow regularly!

Tasha, Sherwin and Willow

Tasha, Sherwin and Willow

 

  •        Professional Education

There continues to be is great interest in our next Professional Education Workshop:

Topic:  Autism: A Montessori Approach presented by Michelle Lane-Barmapov.

Do reserve your place soon by contacting Debbie Couture at 416 640 1565 to register; alternatively, you can download the Registration Form from our website: www.montessoriteacherscollege.com

NB:    Michelle will have copies of her book: Autism: A Montessori Approach  for sale at $12 per book . 

 

  •        2014 Courses 

The following MTC courses commence in January 2014:

Elementary Part 1 (commences with on-line module)

Infant Toddler

Introduction to Montessori philosophy and materials for Assistants

Later in Spring 2014 MTC will offer an enriched review course for those who have already taken the Assistants’ course.

 Montessori Method for Dementia:

Two Day Workshops:   Debbie Couture, Director of Training for this programme will teach at Montessori for Seniors, 16 Coldwater Rd. North York, ON on the following dates:

                        December 9 & 10

To register:     Registration forms available on MTC website.  You can also contact

Debbie Couture at MTC:  416 640 1565

  • Until next week…..

News from the Dean’s Desk

News from the Dean’s Desk at

Montessori Teachers College on November 4, 2013 

  •  Professional Education:  

There is great interest in our next Professional Education Workshop on Saturday November 23.

            Topic:  Autism: A Montessori Approach presented by Michelle Lane-Barmapov.

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Do reserve your place soon by contacting Debbie Couture at 416 640 1565 to register; alternatively, you can download the Registration Form from our website: www.montessoriteacherscollege.com

NB: Michelle will have copies of her book: Autism: A Montessori Approach for sale at $12 per book. 

 

  • We loved meeting Katherine Barber last Saturday when she presented a fascinating workshop: Why is the English Language so Wacky?  See pictures below.   Katherine also presents amazing workshops on Ballet. 
  • Many thanks to Anca Ardeleanu for sharing her thoughts on Katherine’s workshop. 
Florene Shuber, Katherine Barber, Jan Lum and Paula Glasgow

Florene Shuber, Katherine Barber, Jan Lum and Paula Glasgow

”Why is English Language so Wacky?”…

What a delightful presentation by Katherine Barber. Ms Barber presented a dense and delightful introduction to English language history. She is not only an expert in the field but also has a great sense of humour.
How did we end up today with this wacky spelling? Well, the French are a big part of all the trouble we have today. Now I understand the expression:
” Excuse my French!”

At one point in Europe’s history, French was the main language of the aristocracy. England was taken by of William the Conqueror, and French became the official language for kingdom’s affairs. The French were not able to pronounce some of the sounds in English, so they eliminated them. English and French, two languages with such different origins, Germanic and Latin, gave us today a wacky language.
I strongly recommend her books :” Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs “and “Only in Canada, You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language.”

“Thank you very much to MTC for organizing this workshop.”

  • CAMT Conference on Friday, November 1:  We loved meeting new and old friends at this stimulating annual event and  include a selection of photos below.
Debbie Couture, Daureena Facchini

Debbie Couture, Daureena Facchini

Paula Glasgow, Barton Graff, Maureen Harris

Paula Glasgow, Barton Graff, Maureen Harris

Paula Glasgow, Nathalie Rengifo, Jennifer Moore, Venessa Rampersad

Paula Glasgow, Nathalie Rengifo, Jennifer Moore, Venessa Rampersad

  • 2014 Courses:  The following MTC courses commence in January 2014:

Elementary Part 1 (commences with on-line module)

Infant Toddler

Introduction to Montessori philosophy and materials for Assistants

Later in Spring 2014 MTC will offer an enriched review course for those who have already taken the Assistants’ course. 

  • Montessori Method for Dementia:

Two Day Workshops:   Debbie Couture, Director of Training for this programme will teach at Montessori for Seniors, 16 Coldwater Rd. North York, ON on the following dates:

                                               November 11 & 12

                                               December 9 & 10

To register:     Registration forms available on MTC website.  You can also contact Debbie Couture at MTC:  416 640 1565 

Until next week…..

News from the Dean’s Desk

News from the Dean’s Desk at

Montessori Teachers College on October 29, 2013

 

Congratulations: to Mrs. Sighle Fitzgerald who has been elected by MACTE to be a recipient of the Wisdom of the Elders award.  MACTE awards this honour to distinguished Montessorians who have made an immense contribution to the Montessori movement worldwide.   Mrs. Fitzgerald’s amazing resume is at the end of this blog.

Professional Education   

Autism: A Montessori Approach:

We are all looking forward to our next P.E. workshop.   This will be held on Saturday, November 23: 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

Topic:  Autism: A Montessori Approach presented by Michelle Lane-Barmapov.

Michelle will have copies of her book: Autism: A Montessori Approach – for sale at $12 per book.  Please contact Debbie Couture at 416 640 1565 to register.  

We loved meeting Katherine Barber last Saturday when she presented a fascinating workshop: Why is the English Language so Wacky?  See picture below.   Katherine also presents amazing workshops on Ballet.

Florene Shuber, Katherine Barber, Jan Lum and Paula Glasgow

Florene Shuber, Katherine Barber, Jan Lum and Paula Glasgow

 

CAMT Conference on Friday, November 1:  We look forward to meeting new and old friends at this stimulating annual event and will include a selection of photos in next week’s blog.

2014 Courses:  The following MTC courses commence in January 2014:

Elementary Part 1 (commences with on-line module)

Infant Toddler

Introduction to Montessori philosophy and materials for Assistants

Later in Spring 2014 MTC will offer an enriched review course for those who have already taken the Assistants’ course.

Montessori Method for Dementia:

Two Day Workshops:   Debbie Couture, Director of Training for this programme will teach at Montessori for Seniors, 16 Coldwater Rd. North York, ON on the following dates:

November 11 & 12

December 9 & 10

To register:     Registration forms available on MTC website.  You can also contact Debbie Couture at MTC:  416 640 1565

  • Until next week…..

Mrs. Sighle Fitzgerald:  Elected to MACTE Wisdom of the Elders.

Sighle (pronounced Sheila) trained with Miss Margaret Homfray and Miss Phoebe Child, the co-founders of the St. Nicholas Montessori College in London, UK.

Sighle was co-founder of the St. Nicholas College and School in Ireland in 1970, where she served as Principal of both the Montessori School and College from 1980 until her retirement in 1989, when she was appointed Life President of the St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland.

During the years 1984 – 1986 Sighle also served as Principal of the St. Nicholas Montessori Centre in London, UK.

Sighle moved to Bermuda in 1990 and was Principal of Bermuda Montessori School and Montessori Academy from 1990 – 1992. She also presented an Early Childhood training program in Bermuda in those years.

She then moved to Toronto where she was Director of Primary training from 1992 – 1997 at the Toronto Montessori Institute.

Sighle trained thousands  of students in Ireland and also at the following locations:

New York, Vancouver, Cyprus, Paris, Sweden, South Africa, West Indies, Italy, Bahrain.

Sighle is an inspirational Montessorian who has touched the lives of thousands of  people in five continents.  Her first language is Gaelic, and her interests include music, reading, theatre and travel.  She is a mother, grandmother and now a great-grandmother.