Perhaps your place loves having you there. It misses you when you are away and in its secret way rejoices when you return. Could it be possible that a landscape might have a deep friendship with you? That it could sense your presence and feel the care you extend toward it?
-John O’Donohue


We offer you the opportunity to . . .

Learn the Way You Teach
Successful athletes and artists know it: the most effective preparation has you practice just as you plan to perform!

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Montessori teachers working with children make extensive use of manipulative materials to give children concrete experiences. Children’s exploration with these materials leads them to “ah-ha” moments that forever shape the way they relate to concepts.

Teaching with these materials is different! It requires more of the teacher than merely having an abstract understanding of the underlying academic principle. The teacher must fully understand the concrete experience and how it contributes to the child’s overall understanding. Nothing better prepares the teacher than manipulating these didactic materials himself as he practices delivering lessons to students.

“Brick and Mortar” training allows adult students to experience the materials just as their children will in the classroom, under the watchful eye of a Master Montessorian.

Discover through Multi-Sensorial Experiences
Your brain knows it: the more senses that are involved in an experience, the more memorable it is!

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Brain-Based Learning theory is one of the most rapidly expanding fields of study in education today. This field relates authentic, natural learning to brain and body function, and says that, among other things, learning is a physiological process – it involves not just in the mind, but the entire body including all senses and emotions – – it is a social process.

“Brick and Mortar” training is a multi-sensory experience. It is a social, physiological encounter utilizing, not only manipulative materials, but also movement, discussion, collaboration, and creation. It engages both focused attention and peripheral perception of lessons and peers, as well as tactile (touch) and sometimes gustatory (taste) experience! These rich encounters enhance the learning experience as much for adults as for children.

Gain Immediate Feedback from Instructors and Peers
Your head knows it: almost nothing beats immediate feedback from caring, knowledgeable mentors.

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The best learning occurs when you get immediate feedback that leads you discover and correct an error for yourself. Think about trying to assemble a puzzle. When the piece doesn’t fit, you generally know right away and are able to remove the puzzle piece and try again. What is more, you learn not only that the piece doesn’t fit, but also what you need to look for to find the piece that does fit! Many Montessori materials are designed to be self-correcting, to give just this kind of immediate feedback to the user.

Most things in life are not self-correcting; learning effective teaching techniques is among those that benefit from repeated cycles of instruction, experimentation and practice, and feedback.

“Brick and Mortar” training places you in a collaborative learning environment with highly trained, caring instructors. This allows you to give and receive immediate feedback from peers and from Master Montessori Educators, shaping your lesson delivery as well as your paradigms about how children learn.

Create Community: Life-long Relationships and Networks
Your heart knows it: shared experiences bond us to one another.

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“Brick and Mortar” training affords you a precious intangible: a cohort. These fellow travelers will cheer you on when you are discouraged and celebrate victories with you as you achieve. They will be a sounding board and a measuring stick. They will be the beginnings of a professional network that may serve you in many wonderful and unexpected ways over the course of your career.

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Learn about the call to make a difference through revolutionary ideas of holistic education in “Purpose.”

Learn what MECR has to offer in “MECR is…”

Learn about the specifics of the program level that you are considering by reading the Information packet under “Prospective Students”

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