MANZ 2014 Conference
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Saturday July 5 1pm - Monday July 7, 4pm
The Reflective Montessori Practitioner
Registrations for the conference will open in April, 2014.
MANZ is delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the MANZ 2014 Conference planned for New Plymouth in the first weekend of the July holidays.
Uma Ramani and Jamie Rue from the USA will to travel to New Zealand to support teachers in Montessori early childhood centres and schools. It will be the first time that Uma has come to New Zealand, however Jamie attended our conference this year and is delighted to return again. The conference theme is ‘The Reflective Montessori Practitioner’ and keynotes and interactive workshops are being developed around this theme.
Here is a sneak preview of keynotes and some of the workshops on offer at the conference.
Keynote - Uma Ramani “A Living Dialogue”
Life is a constant interchange between individual and the environment – an interchange that shapes both the individual and the environment. For the child, these interactions with their environment are the creative essence of life. As adults our role then is to create environments that support the creative task of the child. Dr. Montessori saw this exchange between the adult, the child and the environment as foundational to the realization of the human potential. In this keynote we will explore our daily practice in the Montessori classroom as a living dialogue among the child, the adult and the environment and reflect on this in the context of Dr. Montessori’s cosmic vision.
Keynote - Jamie Rue The Role of the Adult in the Montessori Classroom: Serving the Child
Most of us embarked on a career in Montessori because of our deep love of children. While this love of children is important, it isn’t enough to make us effective in the classroom. As adults in a Montessori environment we must carefully prepare ourselves to work with the children. We must be ready to serve each child in her self-construction.
Workshop One - Uma Ramani
“One sees the child”
Observation, we know is the cornerstone of our work. But what exactly do we “see”? Observing the Observer is the essential first step to Reflective Practice. We can each one of us witness the same exact events but describe it in very different ways, for what we “see” is filtered by the experiences that have shaped our perceptions. Dr. Montessori speaks about the importance of preparing the eye of the observer. Through games and exercises we will build awareness of the filters that we carry and how they influence our work with children.
Workshop Two - Uma Ramani:
The Living Environment
Dr. Montessori describes the children in the Casa Dei Bambini as actors in a “living scene”. We will reflect on the importance of creating dynamic, organic, living environments for the child, animated by the spirit of freedom, respect and equality. We will focus on practical ways in which to materialize these qualities in our daily practice and create conditions that will make our classrooms truly life-giving environments. We will also specifically explore the adult’s place in this environment that “belongs to the children”.
Workshop Three - Uma Ramani
From Attention to Concentration
Dr. Montessori writes that concentration is the first essential to normalization. How can we create conditions that will capture the child’s attention and then sustain the interest to build concentration? The art of Montessori practice is to work through the environment, the materials and our presentations to lead the child to this place of concentrated effort. This workshop will give us tools for reflecting on our observations, and for planning presentations and follow up activities to create meaningful experiences for every child.
Workshop Four - Uma Ramani
“Like the Beating of the Heart"
In this workshop we will look at a rubric that will guide reflective practice, a guide that will keep us present to our work, to the children and to ourselves. Our goal is to evolve from reflective practice to spontaneous living when reflection accompanies our work “like the beating of the heart”.
Workshop One - Jamie Rue
Preparing Ourselves and Our Environments : A Continuous Process
Much of the preparation of the adult happens during training, just as the bulk of the preparation of the environment happens at the beginning of the school year, before the children arrive. Yet this is only the start and this preparation must be carefully and thoughtfully maintained throughout our time in the classroom. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for keeping our environments and ourselves prepared.
Workshop Two - Jamie Rue
Implementing Cosmic Education - Observation
We know that observation is a key component of our work. But we also know it can be difficult to make time to observe the children each day. This workshop will provide strategies and practical systems for observation to ensure you accomplish this important task on a regular basis, allowing you to use these observations to support your lesson planning.
Workshop Three - Jamie Rue
Implementing Cosmic Education Planning and Record-keeping
When we sit to do our planning each week, it is easy to fall into a pattern that fails to serve each child in her self-construction. In this workshop, we will break out of a mechanical lesson-planning routine and determine practical methods for planning in response to our observations and of the needs and interests of each individual child.
Workshop Four - Jamie Rue
Standardized Testing and Homework : How Do These Fit into the Montessori 6-12 Environment?
The growing popular emphasis on standardized test scores and homework presents a challenge for Montessori educators. This workshop will explore current research on homework and testing. It will provide ways to communicate with parents and administrators about this research and the developmental needs of children in the second plane.
Workshop Five - Jamie Rue
Reflecting on Or Practice : Are We Accomplishing Our Role?
Adults in a Montessori environment have an important role to play. In order to accomplish this, we must be keen observers of ourselves, reflecting on our own practice in the classroom. This workshop will offer tools to support you in this reflection. We will refine our knowledge of the role of the adult so that it is something we can accomplish daily in our work in the classroom.
Workshops will be between 1.5 and 2 hours long.
Montessori Journey to Excellence
The centres and schools involved in the Montessori Journey to Excellence Pilot will also be presenting at the conference and sharing their learning around collaborative reflective practice and teaching as inquiry using the framework of the Montessori Journey to Excellence.
Uma holds AMI diplomas at the early childhood (3 – 6) and primary (6 – 12) levels. She has been closely involved in Montessori work for over three decades. Originally from India, Uma currently lives in the USA and after many years in the classroom, Uma is now an AMI Trainer and works with the Montessori Training Centre of New England. She currently works as programme coach at the early childhood level at the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School, a public Montessori school in Hartford, Connecticut.
Jamie is from the Hershey Montessori Training Institute in Ohio where she is completing her training as a Montessori teacher trainer. Jamie was a 6-12 teacher for 10 y ears before joining the trainers’ programme.This is her second trip to New Zealand. She will explore the idea of reflective practitioner with Uma and will also focus on the 6-12 classroom.
MANZ 2014 Conference Accommodation
Book accommodation in New Plymouth now for the 2014 conference.
Accommodation is available at the conference venue at a special conference rate of $115.00 per room per night for 1-2 people and $135.00 per room per night for 3-4 people.
Devon Hotel, New Plymouth Toll Free 0800 843 338: please quote reference number #66183 when booking your conference accommodation.
MANZ 2014 Conference registrations will open in April, 2014.
Registration rates for staff and parents from MANZ member centres and schools is $410 for the full conference.
2013 MANZ Conference
Reflecting on Community Me Whakaaro Hāpori
Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street, Wellington
Saturday April 20, 12.30pm - Monday April 22, 4pm
Our 2013 conference reflected on the importance of community and explored how to nurture a sense of community with children and students of all ages and their families.
Thanks to the 230 delegates from around New Zealand, our four keynote speakers, 14 teachers from New Zealand who lked or shared in workshops for creating a sense of connection and community over the three days in Wellington.
Some of feedback from delegates:
Most valuable – Collecting new ideas to use in the classroom
Most fun – Singing .. meeting and talking to others
Most informative – Having reinforced that ‘community’ is the heart of Montessori
Most valuable – Reconnecting with familiar faces, sharing the daily experiences of the class
Most fun – Connie Black was so engaging and wonderful role model to learn from
Most valuable – Learning more about communities working together and coming together
Most valuable – Recognising what I am doing well as a teacher and what I need to change, learning more about special needs from Wendy Fidler
Most informative – Sessions on observation and Jaime Rue's workshops, practicality of Carol Pott's grace and courtesy workshop
Most informative – I really enjoyed the research presentations – especially Ed Stanford's action research – inspiring about what can be done!
We hope you enjoy viewing some video from the conference.
NICOLA CHISNALL Montessori - an critically engaged pedagogy
CONNIE BLACK Sense of community - a hallmark of our approach
JAMIE RUE - Why strong community matters for older children
WENDY FIDLER - Are there really more children with special needs these days ?
MANZ 2013 Conference Handouts
All handouts are provided for delegates on CD and the majority of the handouts are attached below.
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