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Workshops – August 2014

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR AUGUST SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS AUGUST 11-14!

Location and Directions:  All seminars and workshops are held at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies: 4745 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301. For directions and a map, please visit our PLACE page.

Registration:
Register by Monday, August 4, 2014 using this on-line form. To register, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Space is limited: once a workshop is full no further registrations will be accepted. No walk-in registrations can be accepted. Your receipt confirms your enrollment in specific workshops selected. MECR reserves the right to cancel a Seminar or Workshop due to insufficient registrations.
Participants receive Certificates of Attendance for up to 14 hours of professional development.

Seminars and Workshops: click on the session below to view abstracts of the workshops being offered.

Especially for Middle School Math Teachers: August 11-12, 8AM - 4PM, (Great math refresher for E-II teachers) 14 hours Professional Development. $250

Workshop A: Advanced Montessori Math Materials: Guiding Adolescents towards Abstraction Betsy Lockhart ($250)
This seminar is designed to familiarize Middle School math teachers with Upper Elementary Montessori math materials. Upper Elementary teachers are welcome to attend this seminar as a refresher.
Have you ever been in the middle of a math lesson and suddenly felt like you were speaking a foreign language? Do you find that your students sometimes have unusual perspectives on how to solve a problem or unexpected “holes” in their learning? Do you have children transitioning into Middle School who achieved partial mastery of a concept with materials, with whom you must now start over, teaching the concept abstractly?
Experience how the children that you now teach were first exposed to mathematics. The emphasis in this seminar will be on manipulating the materials and exploring methods that lead the children to abstract what they have experienced. In this manner, prior materials-based learning can be an asset rather than an impediment. There will be opportunities to discuss the stumbling blocks that you most often experience in your classrooms, so bring examples!
Day 1:
Montessori, Brain-Based Learning and Math

-Teaching From Concrete to Abstract
-The Geometry of Mathematics
-Isolation of Difficulty
-Color Coding in Montessori Math
Whole Number Operations and the Passage to Abstraction
-Montessori Tools
… Checkerboard and Matrix Multiplication
… Test-Tube Division

-The Passage to Abstraction
-Remediating Holes
Math Facts. Oh those math facts!
Day 2:
Fraction Operations
-Montessori Tools
… Common Denominator Addition / Subtraction with Fraction Circles
… Finding the LCD with the Pegboard
… Non-Common Denominator Work
… Fraction multiplication using Mortensen Fraction Squares
… Fraction Division using the Division Skittles

-Passages to Abstraction
-Remediating Holes
Decimal Operations
- Montessori Tools
… Streets in Infinity (Decimal System Exploration)
… The Golden Mat (addition, subtraction, 10n, scientific notation
… Decimal Multiplication with the Decimal Checkerboard
… Decimal Division Board with the Decimal Division Board

-Passages to Abstraction
-Remediating Holes
Integer Operations
- Montessori Tools
… Addition & Subtraction with Gross Motor and “Thunder the Wonder Horse”
… Pythagorean Theorem Material

… Binomial and Trinomial Cubes
- Ideas for Multiplication & Division and Solving Equations in a Single Variable

Especially for Montessori Assistants (all levels): August 13-14, 8AM - 4PM, 14 hours Professional Development. $250

Workshop B: The Assistant’s Essentials Betsy Hoke, Melody Patton, and Betsy Lockhart ($250)
Assistants are a key component of the success of any Montessori Classroom. Assistants with an understanding of Montessori Philosophy and the fundamentals of a well-functioning classroom are better able to integrate and anticipate the needs of the children and the lead, making the classroom run more smoothly.
* Day 1 – Philosophy Betsy Hoke
Delve into the philosophy behind what happens in Montessori classrooms with an enlightening presentation on the basic principles that guide Montessori education at all levels. Discover how and why Montessori differs from traditional education as you learn about Maria Montessori’s beliefs about the child, adult and environment. Discover why engagement in “work” is the key to self-discipline, motivation and cooperative behavior. The presentation will dispel popular myths about Montessori schools and explain why Montessori teachers do what they do. You will understand the desired outcomes of a Montessori education and the strengths of the Montessori approach. Bring your questions and plan to join in stimulating discussions.
* Day 2 – Break out by level Betsy Hoke, Melody Patton, OR Betsy Lockhart
Spend Day 2 with a specialist at your level (Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood or Elementary)focusing on what makes working as an assistant at your level unique and how you can support the teacher and guide the children effectively.
** Assistants in the Infant-Toddler Classroom ** (Melody Patton)
Look at ways to foster independence and develop children who are competent, responsible, peaceful and caring. We will cover communicating with children with appropriate language, how to help children find activities that they can engage in productively, and why your role in caring for the environment is crucial. We will identify some of the more common “difficult” behaviors that are encountered, and explore strategies for handling them. We will also discuss how to be an ideal role model, and the importance of developing a strong working relationship with the lead teacher. There will be plenty of time for your questions.
** Assistants in the Early Childhood Classroom ** (Betsy Hoke)
We will cover communicating with children with appropriate language, how to help children find activities that they can engage in productively, how to run small groups, and why your role in caring for the environment is crucial. You will learn specific activities to do with children and role-play scenarios for situations you find challenging. We will also discuss how to be an ideal role model, ways to reinforce grace and courtesy and common pitfalls for assistants. There will be plenty of time for your questions. ** Assistants in the Elementary Classroom ** (Betsy Lockhart)
Examine the elementary physical, social and emotional environments, and the vital role that the assistant plays in maintaining these within the classroom. Learn techniques for maintaining a productive working environment while the lead teacher is engaged in lessons, and for running a meeting or giving a group lesson. Discover specific language for helping children in a manner that fosters independence and self-sufficiency. We will also discuss how to be an ideal role model, ways to reinforce grace and courtesy and common pitfalls for assistants. There will be plenty of time for your questions.

Especially for Supervisors, Mentors, and Administrators of Interns: August 13, 1PM - 4PM 3 hours Professional Development. FREE!

Workshop C: Mentoring New Montessorians Lorie Federman (I/T and EC) and Betsy Lockhart (E-and E-II) (FREE!)
This seminar is presented free of charge and is highly recommended for all supervising teachers, mentor teachers, and administrators working with MECR interns this year.  (Note: a parallel workshop especially for Field Consultants will be offered in September.)
We look forward to seeing all of our local intern supervisors at this important and informative workshop!
• Explore the developmental stages of a Montessori intern, from idealist to novice to guide.
• Make the most of the coming year by understanding the unique characteristics, challenges, and needs of each stage and how best to mentor your intern’s development throughout the year.
• Learn about MECR and AMS expectations of the practicum year for both the intern and the supervisor, including the new Practicum Field Notebook, as well as the role of the intern’s field consultant.
• Come early to see our MECR face-lift! Bring a lunch and network with old and new Montessori friends from schools around the metro area!
  Monday 8/11 Tuesday 8/12 Wednesday 8/13 Thursday 8/14
8-12AM Middle School Math Seminar Middle School Math Seminar Assistants’ Workshop:Philosophy Assistants’ Workshop: breakout by level
1-4PM Middle School Math Seminar Middle School Math Seminar Supervisor’s Workshop Assistants’ Workshop: Philosophy Assistants’ Workshop: breakout by level

Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.  Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided each day.