Workshops – August 2015


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.

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.

Workshop Description:
Begin or enhance your journey as a Montessori Early Childhood Assistant/Para Teacher with this fascinating and impactful two-day workshop that explores both the philosophy and practical application of Montessori education. Through lectures, discussions, videos, skits and practice with a few materials, participants will gain the knowledge, skills and more confidence to increase effectiveness and satisfaction in a Montessori environment.

Please invite the teacher that you will work with this coming year to attend for one day with you at no charge (free!) Although we recommend the teacher participate on the second day when the focus will be on the role of the assistant, practical application of Montessori concepts, the materials and relationships between the teacher and the assistant, if a teacher can’t attend on Day 2, they are welcome to attend on Day 1.

Day 1: Philosophy and Background
Who was Maria Montessori?
What is education according to Montessori?
Montessori’s view of the child
– Difference between the child and adult
– Planes of Development
– Absorbent Mind
– Sensitive Periods
– Human Tendencies
The Prepared Environment
– Key Qualities
– Five Areas
– Characteristics of Montessori materials
The Aware Adult
– Qualities of “The New Teacher”
– Role of the Adult
– – Prepare Environment including the “atmosphere”
– – Observe
– – Link to environment
– – Maintain ground rules
– – Model
Freedom and Discipline
The Cycle of Work and Normalization

Day 2: Practical Application
The Role of the Assistant
Building a relationship of trust and support with the teacher and other assistant
Communicating with teacher and the other assistant
Grace and Courtesy for Adults
Individual Lessons with demonstrations and practice
Small Group Lessons with demonstrations and practice
Working in the Practical Life Area
Common Traps for Assistants
Positive Discipline
Becoming a Professional Montessori Assistant

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