MANZ Professional Events

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 2017.


Strengthening Biculturalism Wananga for Centres and Schools - Anaru and Marie Kapa

Do you feel this is an area where your centre/kura is challenged?
Come along to our hui over 2 separate Saturdays to gain a better understanding and look at ways you can strengthen biculturalism in your centre/kura while staying true to Montessori philosophy.

This is a 2 day workshop/wananga for kaiako/kaiārahi of centres and kura combined.

Day 1
Look at Māori worldview, key constructs, kauae runga (key principles), kauae raro (key practices). The day will also include the journey of Māori and Te Ao Māori systems from pre European contact to present day contact,

Day 2
Look at Montessori World view, Montessori vision, kauae runga (key principles), kauae raro (key practices) and unveiling the key worldview commonalities of te ao Māori and Montessori.

Within both wananga will be integrated experiential learning opportunities which include waiata, proverbs, metaphors, purakau (stories) and games.

Location and Dates:
Wellington: 6th May and 10th June, Wa Ora Montessori School, 278 Waddington Dr, NaeNae, Lower Hutt Click here
Dunedin: 27th May and 1st July, City Heights, 254 York Pl, Dunedin. CANCELLED
Auckland: 22nd July and 26th August. Eastern Suburbs Montessori, Glendowie @ Glendowie Primary school, 217 Riddell Road, Glendowie, Auckland. Click here

Time: 9 – 4 pm
Cost: $500. This is for up to 4 kaiako (teachers) from a centre/kura for both days and is only for member centre/schools. Each course the maximum number is capped at 40.

Kai: Please bring kai to share for morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

The same kaiako must attend both wananga. No substitutions.
To enable MANZ to monitor the impact of these wananga all centres/kura will need to send a reflection to following the second wananga reflecting what shift has been made in their practice as a result of attending wananga.

Facilitator Bios
Anaru Kapa
No Te Aupouri, Ngati Maniapoto, Tainui ahau
Ko Potahi me Turangawaewae oku marae
Ko Ngati Ngawaero me Ngati Mahuta oku hapu

Marie Kapa
Ko Te Arawa me Whakatohea oku iwi
Ko Opatia me Tarimano oku marae
Ko Ngati Pikiao me Ngati Rangiwewehi oku hapu

Anaru and Marie have over 15 years of coaching and presenting professional development. They have delivered staff professional development to Montessori (ece and primary), Puna Reo, and Mainstream Early Child Care centres in cultural identity, culture and language. They are whānau ora facilitators through Te Puni Kokiri and iwi Trusts, Te Wananga o Aotearoa business training course facilitators and teach te reo Māori and te ao Māori to primary schools.

Motives for Writing - Tara Israelson 2017

We are very fortunate to have Tara Israelson facilitating a very 'hands on' workshop for preschool kaiako. 

Professional Learning for 3-6

Motives For Writing

Auckland - June 10 Titoki Montessori School CLICK HERE
Wellington - August 26 Tawa Montessori Preschool CLICK HERE
Christchurch - September 16 Trillium Montessori School CLICK HERE

Join us as we explore the phenomenon of writing in the Montessori Children's House. We will take a journey through theory and practice as we look at the ways we foster writing through Practical Life activities, Sensorial activities, and the many language lessons and games that we use every day. We will examine our own teaching practice and gain strategies for how to expand both the creative and mechanical aspects of writing in the 3-6 classroom.

We will look at:
Some Montessori theory that touches on Sensitive Periods and Human Tendencies.
How Practical Life supports writing through physical development as well as concentration, including outdoor work.
How the Sensorial Area facilitates writing through developing vocabulary.
The Importance of the Sound Game and other Language Games.
Moving through the Language materials from Sandpaper Letters to Metal Insets to the Moveable Alphabet.
Moving on from Moveable Alphabet to paper.
Strategies for when children are not motivated or are stuck in a stage.

Cost: $160

Time 9-4 pm

Tara Israelson started her Montessori career in America as an assistant in a classroom in Boston and was so excited by Montessori that she went on to gain her AMI diploma and Masters of Education in Portland, Oregon. The opportunity to live and work in a new country and learn about a new culture inspired her to join the Wā Ora community in 2008 as the Head Teacher in Nikau. Outside of the classroom she enjoys cooking, fishing, and exploring the New Zealand bush with her son.

Observation Workshop Series, Auckland in 2018 ? 

Observation Workshop Series

The proposed workshops on observation that were planned for Wellington have been cancelled, however if there is enough interest we can consider running it in Auckland in 2018. If you would be interested in attending the 10 week workshop series please be in touch. It may be possible to offer some of the workshop sessions by Skype. Let us know

This is the proposed outline of the workshops which are planned to run over 10 weeks.

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.

Workshop Series

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.

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. 

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

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.

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. 

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.

Workshop leader
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.

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