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Montessori Teachers College on October 22, 2013

 

CCMA Conference:  Some of us attended this very stimulating event and enjoyed presentations by Molly O’Shaughnessy, Director of training at Montessori Centre of Minnesota, and Adele Diamond, Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at University of B.C.  See picture attached of 2 MTC faculty attendees Helen Traicus and Carolina Mix.

Carolina and Helen

The Montessori Academy of London:  I had the pleasure of visiting our intern, Lisa Otto on Monday.   See picture of Lisa and her Supervising Teacher: Shonagh Stevenson-Ramsay.   Special thanks to Kathy Work-Schlattman who took time to share lunch with me.

Shona and Lisa

Article:   It can be a challenge to answer the question “What is the Montessori Philosophy?”    A recent article on The Unique Characteristics of the Montessori Philosophy is included at the end of this blog.

The Word Lady:    Saturday, October 26.   We are looking forward with great interest to Catherine Barber’s presentation on Saturday, October 26.   Time: 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon.  Catherine is recognised as one of the foremost authorities on Canadian English.  She has called her presentation:  “Why is the English Language so Wacky?”

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 and December 9 & 10

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

                             Debbie Couture at MTC:  416 640 1565

 

What is the Montessori Philosophy?

The Montessori Philosophy is an approach to the education of children based on the observations of Dr. Maria Montessori (1860 – 1952).  Those of us working in the Montessori field are constantly delighted to discover that the observations of Dr. Montessori are as relevant today as in her time.

Unique characteristics of a Montessori Classroom

Dr. Montessori discovered that children enjoy a structured environment where they can work undisturbed with activities of their own choosing.   We call this classroom a Prepared Environment.  It is a unique place where the children work with specially designed materials that develop their cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills.  Many of these materials were scientifically designed by Dr. Montessori following her observations of children and her discoveries of how they learn.  The activities of the children in the Montessori prepared environment are process oriented rather than result oriented.   The environment is a place where the children’s inherent interest in “doing” is fostered.  Dr. Montessori observed that children learn though experiences and through their interactions with the environment.

Another unique feature of the Montessori Prepared Environment is that the children are of mixed ages.  For example, there may be children aged two and a half, 3, 4 and 5 years in the same environment; or children aged 6, 7 and 8 working together.  These mixed ages allow the children to form a community in which the older children assist the younger ones and the younger children learn from the older ones.  This community of mixed ages develops fundamental skills such as respect for one another and an awareness of cultural diversity.

A basic principle within the Montessori environment is the fact that discipline is developed from within the individual child rather than being imposed by an outside force such as a teacher.  Freedom in the prepared environment allows the children to develop spontaneous discipline.  Dr. Montessori  observed that children can solve their conflicts peacefully.  She observed “they have shown us that freedom and discipline are two faces of the same medal because scientific freedom leads to discipline.”  The development of discipline is directly related to the amount of freedom the child experiences.

A further unique feature of the Prepared Environment is the integrated curriculum.  This means that the exercises the children choose are all related to another part of the curriculum.  Each activity prepares for a further activity by refining and developing the child’s understanding. Dr. Montessori observed that children love repeating an activity.  And in this way, children perfect their movements and deepen their knowledge.

Dr. Montessori also observed that children experience sensitive periods, also known as times of optimal learning.  During these transitory times, children learn with interest and intensity. For example, the development of language and the perfection of movement occur during these times of special interest.  She also observed that the younger children learn through their senses, whereas the elementary children learn through their imaginations.

The Montessori curriculum provides children with a holistic, creative learning experience that is built on a structured freedom.  Individual freedom of expression is welcomed such as talking, writing, singing and other forms of musical expression, and in art such as drawing and painting. The elementary curriculum is research based.  The elementary children complete projects on a subject of interest that integrates all the curriculum areas such as mathematics, geometry, history, geography, science, language including poetry and creative arts.

Dr. Montessori called her teachers Directresses because she believed that the adults working with children in a Montessori environment needed special training.  This comprehensive training recognizes that children are natural learners. It includes components on Montessori philosophy, child development, practical life skills, education of the senses, literacy skills, science subjects such as zoology, botany, mathematics, creativity in drama, art, craft and music, and contemporary issues such as health, safety and special needs.   A major portion of the training is the internship period that includes observation of children   It is important that the trainee Montessori teacher is open to experience a “change of heart.”  By that I mean that the trainee is willing to see the world through the eyes of a child.  This can mean letting go of preconceived notions and developing keen skills of observation.  It also means recognizing the beauty of the child’s spirit, and supporting the child’s efforts to self-develop.

Current research by scientists and educationalists worldwide recognizes that Dr. Maria Montessori was a genius, scientific observer of children.  She believed that social discord could be eliminated by educational methods that meet the needs of children.  She believed that children can contribute to peace and that they are the hope for the future of mankind.  “Our principal concern must be to educate humanity – the human beings of all nations – in order to guide it toward seeding common goals.”

 

Paula Glasgow, Dean Montessori Teachers College

News from Montessori Teachers College on October 14, 2013

News from Montessori Teachers College on October 14, 2013

   

Thanksgiving

This beautiful  time of the year gives us all an opportunity to say “thank you” for all the benefits and blessings we have received during the past year.

We thank all our alumni and recent graduates for the opportunity of working with them.

We thank all our current students for joining MTC and for sharing their lives with us.

We thank CCMA and CAMT for the support we receive from these organizations on such a regular basis.

I thank the MTC Board for their vision, and special thanks to our Faculty and to Debbie, our Registrar – for such dedicated commitment to spreading the philosophy of Dr. Montessori.

 

Congratulations

Florene Shuber and I were delighted to attend the Grand Opening of the new facility and extension at Clanmore Montessori School, 2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville on October 11.  Congratulations to Grace Kidney and her team on this wonderful achievement.

Clanmore Grand Opening

Paula, Grace Kidney, Florene

 

Welcome

We were delighted to welcome my Irish friend, Lynn Jackson, to MTC on October 7.  Lynn is a Montessori friend of mine for many years.  She now holds the position of CEO of the Holocaust Educational Trust in Ireland.

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Florene, Lynn, Paula

Lynne, Florene, Debbie

Lynn, Florene, Debbie

 

Early Childhood Course

We are pleased that our Early Childhood Montessori Diploma course is full.  I am working with this enthusiastic group in the Practical Life section of the curriculum and attach a photo of most of the group.

 

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EC Class

 

 

Until next week……

From the Dean’s Desk: September 30th

 Montessori News from Montessori Teachers College on September 30, 2013

  • A Happy Event

We enjoyed a wonderful Graduation event on Wednesday, September 25 when Diplomas were presented to our Infant Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary and Training of Trainers’ Groups.  Many happy photos were taken and these will be included in future blogs.  Here are some of the many compliments we received from  delighted graduates:             

“Thanks to you and your wonderful team, for everything they did!  I am so glad I took the course at MTC!”  

“Learning more about Dr. Montessori’s philosophy from a teacher’s perspective has given me further optimism for the world, a sense of gratitude, and a more mindful presence in each moment.”  

“Beyond learning the detailed steps for each presentation, it was the goal of a better world for coming generations that I have really taken with me from this program.  The hope that with a Montessori education, true peace can be achieved.  This is all thanks to the excellent training that all of the teachers and training have instilled in me through this program.  I find I have found my purpose by marrying social responsibility with the Montessori philosophy.  I would like to work towards ensuring that children from all socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to access a Montessori education.”

Left to right: Infant Toddler Graduates: Alba Calautti, Tammy Mak and Effie Yee with Paula Glasgow

Left to right: Infant Toddler Graduates: Alba Calautti, Tammy Mak and Effie Yee with Paula Glasgow

 

Congratulations

To Natasha Wynter on the safe arrival of her baby girl.

To Shazmin Manek on her recent marriage.

  • Exciting Professional Education Opportunities

We hope to see many of you at our first Professional education Workshop of this season:

Saturday, October 26:   “Canada’s Word Lady” Katherine Barber  will give a fun, fascinating and entertaining presentation on “Why is the English Language so Wacky?”  Katherine has published many books, including:

Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do With Pigs.  Books will be available for purchase at this workshop.

Time:  10.30 a.m. – 12 noon

Further details, including Registration Forms on the MTC website, and from Debbie at 416 640 1565.

 

  • More News next week!

 

From the Dean’s Desk: September 25th

Montessori News from Montessori Teachers College on September 23, 2013

Hello

We were happy to say ‘Hello’ to our new group of Early Childhood Diploma students recently. See a picture below of some of the group.

EC TEACHERS

Congratulations

To all the graduands who will receive Diplomas on September 24 from the Infant Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary 1 and Trainer of Trainers’ courses!

Exciting Professional Education Opportunities

Saturday, October 26: “Canada’s Word Lady” Katherine Barber will give a fun, fascinating and entertaining presentation on “Why is the English Language so Wacky?” Katherine has published many books, including: Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do With Pigs. Books will be available for purchase at this workshop.

Time: 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon

Saturday, November 23: Autism: A Montessori Approach

Michelle Lane-Barmapov was the Founder and President of the Lane Montessori School for Autism. This school was the first in the world to combine Applied Behaviour Analysis with the Montessori Curriculum. Michelle will share useful information on identification and resources available for parents and those working with children diagnosed with autism. Her book “Autism A Montessori Approach is a best seller and will be available for purchase at this workshop.

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

Saturday, January 18, 2014: Awakening the Senses – Art & Drama in the Montessori Classroom.

This hands-on workshop will be presented by Kate Hemblen, who is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. She holds an Early Childhood Diploma from MTC. Kate has run the Art Programme at Bannockburn School, where she has brought her love for all Art Forms, including sculpture, painting, drama, graffiti and stage craft provide practical and meaningful examples of ways to incorporate Art and Drama into your classroom.

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Watch out for details of a marvelous Workshop experience on February 22, 2014 on a unique approach to Music, and a very useful Workshop in April, 2014 on Opening Your Own Montessori School.

Further details, including Registration Forms on the MTC website, and from Debbie at 416 640 1565.

More News next week!

From the Dean’s Desk: July 4th 2013

Montessori News from MTC on July 2, 2013.

“In our kind of teaching, the essential part of the activity is initiated by the child.” – Montessori, M, The Child in the Family, 1999 Clio, Oxford UK

The above quotation is taken from a book our Infant Toddler Diploma students are studying at present. We all find it helpful to keep this message in mind.

We all enjoyed a relaxing Canada Day, and then welcomed all the students attending our Early Childhood Assistants’ course, our Infant Toddler Diploma course and our Elementary 1 Diploma course on July 2.

Exciting news!

• Yellowknife:

We wish June Strong and Roberta Pyke joy and happiness as they take up new teaching positions.

Calgary: We send greetings to the new group of Early Childhood Assistants’ Course

Students who join trainer and MTC representative, Sherin Hasham for the start of their course on July 6

• MACTE

Thanks to the MACTE onsite team! Dr. Floyd Creech, Dr. Rebecca Pelton, Teresa Noble and observer Emma Pelton. We were happy to receive the formal letter confirming accreditation of the MTC Early Childhood course for another seven years recently.

• Other Photos

Other photos attached today: a happy group of Infant Toddler Diploma students, and a group of our Toronto based EC Assistants

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Next Montessori Methods for Dementia™ two day workshop!

This will take place on August 21 and 23 at Central West Community Networks of Specialized Care, 53 Bond Street, Oakville, Ontario. The hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch, refreshments and workshop materials are provided.

Debbie Couture will be pleased to hear from interested people for the Dementia workshop and for all other MTC courses.

And finally…

• We are pleased that the $100 gift to our Alumni for successful diploma course registrations links us to our graduates in a positive way.

Until next week…

From the Dean’s Desk: June 25th

“Thank you so much for all of your supportive words and patience throughout this past year. I learned so much and consider myself very fortunate to have had such a fantastic, professional group of teachers.”

This comment was received recently from an Early Childhood Montessori diploma student who recently completed our course at Bannockburn School in Toronto.

Exciting news:

• Accreditation:

The Executive Director of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Dr. Rebecca Pelton, has informed me that Renewal of Accreditation has been awarded to MTC for its Early Childhood Montessori diploma course. This accreditation is valid until 2020. We are all delighted!

Many thanks to all the EC students, our alumni members and internship schools who gave time so graciously to meet the team. See the picture of the MACTE team of visitors with this blog.

• Goodbye:

We said “goodbye” to our EC Toronto Diploma students last Saturday when they completed the written examinations. See you at Graduation on Wednesday, September 25!

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• Hello:

Tuesday, July 2 sees the start of our 3 summer courses:

• A large number will be attending the EC Montessori Assistants’ Course. This course will be directed by Yomna Reda.

• The Elementary group will re-joining us for review and end of course assessment. We are all looking forward to viewing their Cosmic Projects.

• The Infant Toddler group begin a very busy 4 weeks. We look forward to their daily presence.

• MTC continues to welcome applications for our Early Childhood Diploma course commencing September 7, 2013.

• MTC’s Montessori for Dementia workshops continue to be very popular. The dates for the next 2-day workshop are September 9 and 10, 2013 at Christie Gardens Residential Home.

Debbie Couture is pleased to accept enquiries and applications for all the MTC courses.

And finally…

• We are pleased that the $100 gift to our Alumni for successful diploma course registrations links us to our graduates in a positive way.

Until next week…

From The Dean’s Desk: June 17th 2013

Here’s what happening at MTC this week:

• We are thrilled that our new website is now available. We hope that you like the new look and will comment on it. We feel it is more colourful than our previous site and is easier to navigate.

• Our Early Childhood group have now completed both oral and written examinations. The next time we will meet again will be Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. for Graduation!

• We are delighted to send greetings and congratulations to Martine Hestnes Vatland, the international Field Supervisor for our Infant Toddler group. She will be marrying Ken Healy later this month and we look forward to receiving a photo!

• I was pleased to be invited to write an article on the legacy of Maria Montessori for Panoram Italia a Canadian-Italian magazine based in Toronto and Montreal. Article to be published in the August 2013 edition.

• The MTC Montessori Assistants’ course will begin on Tuesday, July 2. We welcome applicants for this 8-day course which gives a clear introduction to the Montessori Philosophy and materials.

• MTC’s Montessori for Dementia workshops continue to be very popular. The dates for the next 2-day workshop are September 9 and 10, 2013 at Christie Gardens Residential Home. Do watch our website for dates of other upcoming Workshops.

Debbie Couture is pleased to accept enquiries and applications for all the MTC courses.

And finally…

• We are pleased that the $100 gift to our Alumni for successful diploma course registrations links us to our graduates in a positive way.

Until next week…

MM

From The Dean’s Desk: June 13th 2013

“I received tons of extremely important and useful information that changed my views both as an educator and as a parent”.

The above comment was received from a student currently completing our Early Childhood course.   It is very encouraging for all of us at MTC to receive this positive feedback.

 

Here’s what’s currently happening at MTC:

  • Some of our courses are ending and new courses are starting.  Therefore, the summer is an exciting time for the MTC staff and faculty.
  • This month we look forward to welcoming Dr. Donald McKay, Professor Emeritus, ECE Ryerson University, who will be working with our Infant Toddler group.
  • The Early Childhood course oral examinations have taken place.  We are always very grateful to our qualified examiners who join us annually for the final assessment of students.
  • MTC’s 8-day Summer Assistants’ course begins on July 2, 2013.  This course is filling up rapidly, but there are still a few places available.
  • We look forward to working with our Elementary group in July as that group prepares for the end of year final assessments.   In particular, we always look forward to viewing and reviewing their original Cosmic Projects.
  • MTC continues to welcome applications for our Early Childhood Diploma course commencing September 7, 2013.   If you are interested, do, please, contact us as soon as possible.  The application process includes a personal interview which needs to be scheduled.
  • MTC’s Montessori for Dementia workshops continue to be very popular. The dates for the next 2-day workshop are September 9 and 10, 2013 at Christie Gardens Residential Home.  Do watch our website for dates of other upcoming Workshops.

Debbie Couture is pleased to accept enquiries and applications for all the MTC courses.

And finally…

  • We are pleased that the $100 gift to our Alumni for successful diploma course registrations links us to our graduates in a positive way.

Until next week…

From The Dean’s Desk: June 3rd 2013

“Maria Montessori  founder of the Montessori educational system believed, “The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

Here’s what’s currently happening at MTC:

  • MTC is entering an exciting time with courses ending, courses beginning and plans for the coming year being finalized.
  • MTC continues to accept applications for our Early Childhood Diploma course commencing September 7, 2013.
  • MTC’s 8-day Summer Assistants’ course begins on July 2, 2013.  There are still a few places left on this very interesting introductory course.
  • MTC’s Montessori for Dementia workshops continue to be very popular. The dates for the next 2-day workshop are September 9 and 10, 2013 at Christie Gardens Residential Home.

Debbie Couture is pleased to accept enquiries and applications for all the MTC courses.  Contact us here.

And finally…

  • We are pleased that the $100 gift to our Alumni for successful diploma course registrations links us to our graduates in a positive way.
  • We are sad to say goodbye to the groups of students who’ve completed courses, but happy that these well qualified Montessorians will make a positive contribution to the future development of children.

Until next week…