Classroom Management and Discipline: A Shared Responsibility between Teachers and Children

Professional Development Courses

Classroom Management and Discipline: A Shared Responsibility Between Teachers and Children

The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.‘” Dr. Maria Montessori

Advance your teaching practice with this 100% online course geared towards Early Childhood Teachers (Casa – 3 to 6 years of age) who want to integrate core Montessori principles into their classroom management strategies. 


Welcome to MTC’s second Mentorship Program for Casa Montessori educators. Now that the school year is well underway, you are in a position to determine if your class is on the right track or not. What is working and what is not?  Do you feel like your classroom is normalizing?  Are you observing sufficiently? Perhaps you are struggling — constantly running from one child to the next, trying to keep up with lessons and continually “putting out fires”. Now is the time to focus on the particular management approaches that will sustain the good and minimize the difficulties. This course will help you do just that!

6 Modules

  1. The Physical and Intangible Elements – A Radical Shift
  2. Setting Behavioral Expectations through Grace & Courtesy
  3. The Significance of Observation
  4. Sustaining Purposeful Engagement
  5. The Roles of Guides and Assistant Teachers
  6. Other Factors

Course Details

The course will be available in October 2023. Registrations are now open!

Start Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
End Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Course Hours: 15 hours
Online course content will become available on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. Virtual meetings will take place weekly, on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.
Virtual Meeting Dates*:
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Virtual Meeting Time:

  • 8:00pm – 9:30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm Mountain Standard Time (MST)

*Please note that dates may be subject to change 

Any questions or further information, please contact the Registrar at

Who is this course for?

Are you…

– Just getting started on your Montessori journey?

– A fully trained Montessori guide who is struggling to achieve the results that Dr. Montessori described so eloquently?

– Finding that the children in your classroom are often unsettled, unruly, aimless or misguided?

– Finding that the Montessori techniques you have tried are just not working, making you feel like a failure?

– Watching experienced guides at work, but can’t quite figure out how to achieve beautiful, normalized classrooms like them?

– Feeling anxious, uncertain or overwhelmed by the prospect of September?

If you can related to any of these scenarios, then this course is for you!

What is the format of this course?

This certificate course is 100% online and consists of 15 online hours over 6 weeks

– 6 video lectures (asynchronous self-study)

– 6 weekly group discussions (synchronous live meetings)

The online video lectures will be made available to you on a week-by-week basis. Content will be discussed in more detail through the interactive evening weekly meetings led by Mary Flewelling-Pinchen, which will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Weekly Meetings will take place using Google Meet or Zoom

Course Fees

Course Fee: $225.00

Please note that the course fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and cannot be credited towards any other course.

Introduction to Mary Flewelling-Pinchen

Mary earned her A.M.I. primary diploma under the direction of Renilde Montessori and has over 40 years classroom experience guiding children at Montessori schools in Ontario.

Between 2006–2013, Mary acted as the Program Director for the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers. Other highlights in her career include attending two A.M.I. congresses, establishing a new Montessori primary classroom in Chengdu, China and training prospective teachers in Vietnam and the Philippines. Mary has also provided many educational seminars at schools and conferences across Canada and was the lead Montessori Guide at Dundas Valley Montessori School for over 5 years.

Mary is the author of At Home in the Montessori Children’s House – Volume 1 and Volume 2 (third volume is currently underway).

Mary supports educators, parents and the Montessori community at large in their transformative work with children. Upon completing the Training of Trainers program, Mary joined the faculty at Montessori Teachers College and has been a key contributor in the development and broadening of the Early Childhood program.

Instructor: Mary Flewelling-Pinchen, A.M.I. Primary Guide, Author, Lecturer & Consultant