Professional events for teachers and parents involved in Montessori centres and schools in New Zealand. You will find information below to register for these events in 2015.
Observation Workshop Series, Wellington, July-September 2015
Observation Workshop Series
Wednesday July 22 through to Wednesday September 23, 2015
Venue: Montessori @ Otari Preschool, 166 Wilton Rd, Wilton, Wellington
This workshop is planned for Wellington, however if there is enough interest we can consider running it in Auckland or ...
Please register by July 3 - prior to the school holidays !
Observation is an essential tool for linking Montessori philosophy and teaching practice. It enables the Montessori teachers to gather data and provide evidence for teaching as inquiry or self-review. In 2013 Connie Black introduced the idea of work curves to many teachers at the MANZ Conference and Amy Kirkham and Carol Potts revisited observation again later that year. Now you have the opportunity to become more familiar with observing, creating and using work curves to guide your teaching practice.
This workshop series runs over ten weeks and will not take you away from your classroom for long.
The workshop series involves an initial two hour workshop and four one hour follow-up meetings
plus classroom observations over the term. Online support will also be provided by Krista and your
fellow ‘observers’, so you can check in, ask questions and get support. During this observation
workshop you will be observing the same child for 10 weeks.
Wednesday July 22, 4.30-6.30pm
Week One Workshop: The workshop starts with a two hour meeting to examine what a work curve is, what it can tell us about a child and how this can be of practical benefit. Krista will bring some collected data which you will use to practice making work curves during this session, so that everyone is confident of being able to get started when they get back to their class. All the required paperwork and templates - data collection sheets, blank work curves etc will be provided. You will leave with observation homework to complete – to observe one child and prepare a work curve.
Wednesday July 29, 4.30-5.30pm
Week Two Meeting: The group will meet again after a week’s observation. Each participant will have a work curve for the group to analyse and to brainstorm together what you can do to follow the interests of that child. You will leave with a follow-up lesson plan. Krista will also help you find strategies for observing ‘non-stop’ while being active presenters in your classroom.
Week Three Classroom observation: You will carry out the lessons in your plan, observe your child and record outcomes
Wednesday August 12, 4.30-5.30pm
Week Four Meeting: You will share feedback from your lesson plan and your observations, ask any questions to make sure you are on the right ‘track’.
Week Five Classroom observation: Observe your child again and prepare a new work curve.
Wednesday August 26, 4.30-5.30pm
Week Six Meeting: Bring your next work curve and get help from Krista and the group in analysing and developing a new follow-up plan. Krista will introduce how to write a developmental overview of the child and share example (two hour meeting).
Week Seven-Nine Classroom observation: You will spend the next three weeks observing your child, preparing work curves and follow-up plans.
Wednesday September 23, 4.30-6pm
Week 10 Meeting: You will write a developmental review to share with the group and reflect on your use of observation and work curves as data-gathering tools and have a shared afternoon tea to celebrate the end of the workshop.
Krista Kerr is a lead teacher in a three-six class at Wa Ora Montessori Preschool. She isthe only New Zealander to have completed the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Post Diploma Course at the Maria Montessori Institute in London. This whole year course focuses on the scientific observation of children using techniques developed by Dr Maria Montessori, using observation to explore Montessori theory and to reflect on how it may be put into practice.
During the course Krista observed two children over an eight month period. Krista had been supporting her colleagues at Wa Ora Montessori to use observation as a tool and she is now ready too share with a wider group of teachers from other Montessori centres.
Full registration: $300 (incl GST)
MANZ member centres and schools: $150 (incl GST)
MANZ individual members: $225 (incl GST)
Montessori Quick Bites from July 2015
Montessori Quick Bites anywhere in the country ...
Montessori Quick Bites offers a short but intense two and half hours of pure inspiration for your Montessori team.
Starting in mid-2015 this workshop series will be offered to Montessori teachers all over the country at a time and place negotiated by you.
Does an evening work best for your centre team? Or is a Saturday morning a better time? Are there other centres in your area who would like to join your team in a Montessori Quick Bite? All you need to do is have at least 10 teachers who wish to join the Montessori Quick Bite.
Putting the ‘life’ in Practical Life
The first Montessori Quick Bite will focus on ‘Putting the life in Practical Life’.
Your team will do a quick centre self-evaluation of he Practical Life offered in your centre and be inspired by video taken in New Zealand Montessori centres to enrich Practical Life and make it the heart of your centre. Putting the ‘life’ back into Practical Life …
Montessori Quick Bites is led by Ana Pickering, MANZ Executive Officer.
If you are interested in hosting a Montessori Quick Bite between July – December 2015, simply book by contacting email@example.com with your preferred date and time. If more teachers are needed to get to the minimum of 10, your Montessori Quick Bite will be advertised and teachers will register online. The cost is $60 pp.
Montessori Quick Bites is affordable, time effective and quite simply fun!!
Montessori Outdoors in 2015 or 2016
Montessori Near You Workshop
For teachers and centres who feel their outdoor programmes are not yet fully evolved or need refreshing, this one-day workshop will focus on bringing Montessori culture outside, using the power of the prepared environment, the liberty of the child, and the skilful support of the teacher/guide.
This is an opportunity to closely examine and work through the issues of establishing, maintaining and developing YOUR Montessori programme in the outdoors. You will look at the possibilities offered by the outdoors, while critically examining the unique opportunities and limitations of YOUR outdoor area. You will make decisions about which activities will best meet the needs of your community right now.
You will develop an “always on,” basic programme and you will explore possibilities for future development. You will plan with team members how to share responsibilities, maintain consistencies and develop a culture outside which complements your already established culture inside. You will go home with plans for your “first steps” as well as ideas for future developments.
As you can tell, this workshop is designed for school TEAMS. Effective implementation requires that those who are responsible for delivering the lessons and maintaining the culture outside, be responsible for the analysis, decision making and creation of the programme from the start.
This workshop will be led by Pam Shand, who offered the Montessori Near You series in 2014.
If your centre is interested in hosting this workshop either between September to late November, 2015 or February – April 2016 please be in touch firstname.lastname@example.org. Host centres received one free workshop registration.
When we have some dates and venues, the workshop will be opened for registrations with the aim of over 20 teachers per workshop.
MANZ Workshops in 2016
Supporting Children with Literacy in Montessori 3-12
From Constructive Triangles to Pythagoras
Montessori May 15-16 and May 21-22, 2016
Another set of weekend workshops are being organised with Carla Foster, director of training from the Montessori Centre of New England for 2016. Carla will led two workshops that are for teachers from three to 12 including the Montessori approach to literacy and a workshop that focuses on geometry in the Montessori environment – From Constructive Triangles to Pythagoras. The workshop details and venues still to be confirmed.