MANZ Professional Events

Professional events for teachers in Montessori centres and schools in New Zealand. You will find information below to register for these events in 2015:

MANZ Under Three Workshop, end of February, Auckland
MANZ Workshop: Supporting the Dyslexic Child in the Montessori environment May 30, Auckland and June 3-4, Wellington
MANZ Professional Learning for 6-12: Principles of the Prepared Environment, June 6-7, Wellington
MANZ Observation Workshop Series, July-September, Wellington
Montessori Near You in 2015 around the country from July onwards.

Montessori Quick Bites in 2015 around the country from July onwards.


MANZ Observation Workshop Series

Wednesday July 22 through to Wednesday September 23, 2015
Venue: Montessori @ Otari Preschool, 166 Wilton Rd, Wilton, Wellington

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.

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.

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.

Registration Costs 

Full registration: $300 (incl GST)
MANZ member centres and schools: $150 (incl GST)
MANZ individual members: $225 (incl GST) 


Montessori Quick Bites in 2015

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 eo@montessori.org.nz 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 Near You in 2015

Over 90 teachers attended the MANZ 2014 Montessori Near You workshop series.  Pam Shand will be available in the second half of 2015 to deliver Montessori Near You workshops. Teacher discussions in the wake of “Children Who Push Our Buttons” have surfaced these topics:

• Designing YOUR outdoor environment and its programme – thinking through the space, the possible activities, the purposes of those activities and how they will support and dovetail with the work of the indoor environment.
• Developing your programme (and refreshing the materials) which will support the needs of 5 – 6 year olds and foster their readiness for Montessori primary.
• Picking up the threads of the “Teacher One” discussion in Children Who Push Our Buttons workshop and developing and practicing it

What would suit the needs of your centre ?

We would appreciate some response on which topics would be helpful to your teaching team and if your centre or school would be interested in hostong a one-day Montessori Near You workshop in 2015.

To give your feedback on a workshop series for 2015 go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/MontessoriNearYou2015
 


MANZ Under Three Workshop with Julia Hilson

Saturday February 28- Sunday March 1, 2015
Saturday 9.30am - Sunday 3.30pm
Weymouth Primary School, Weymouth, Auckland

This two day workshop is an opportunity for teachers and parents to gain an appreciation of the Montessori approach for babies, infants and toddlers under three years of age. The principles will draw on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy together with current understandings about the development and psychology of the young child.

You will learn about relevant differences between the children under three and the Montessori approach for 3-6 year olds. An overview of Montessori theory and practice, following the child’s natural development and focusing on the period from conception to age three will include the physical, psychological and developmental needs of the child. You will gain an understanding of the child’s absorbent mind and the sensitive periods important at this time of life.

Julia will outline the critical importance of observation with the 0-3 child and give practical ideas about how the environment needs to be prepared and what you should try to achieve in the 0-3 environment. She will help you understand how to work with young children from birth to three and outline why, when and how parents can be involved. Julia will focus on the environment being ‘fit-for-purpose’ and provide ideas and examples of how you can provide for the particular needs and cultures of the children attending in your setting.

Julia Hilson
Julia holds AMI diplomas for 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12. Following several visits to remote indigenous communities she was asked by Montessori Children’s Foundation to move with her family to Thursday Island and establish the Montessori stream at Tagai State College in Torres Strait in 2009. 

This initiative has now grown to include two 3-6 Montessori Classes within the Tagai Primary School and nine parent/toddler groups on separate islands throughout the Torres Strait. 

Julia is in the final stages of completing the Training of Trainers Programme to become an AMI 0-3 trainer.   Her special interest lies in empowering and supporting adults from indigenous communities to assume the roles of guides and teachers within their communities – with special emphasis on parenting and early childhood programmes.  

Registrations
Full registration $520 
MANZ member schools special rate $260 (includes student members and Montessori playgroups)
MANZ individual members $390 

Due to the demand for places the workshop will be held a short walk from Wee Wisdom Montessori in the Weymouth Primary School Hall. Details will be sent to particiapants closer to the workshop.

Accommodation
There is accommodation available near the airport with transfer to and from the airport.
Choices include:
Holiday Inn
Ibis Hotel

Where possible we will try to assist with transport from accommodation to the workshop venue or groups may share transport.


MANZ Workshop: Supporting the Dyslexic Child in the Montessori environment

Auckland Saturday May 30, 2015
Wellington Wednesday-Thursday June 3-4, 2015 (evenings) 

 In both Montessori early childhood and primary, we work with children who do not seem to grasp various aspects of language – sounds, letters, and letter combinations – despite repeated presentations over long periods of time.  What can we do when the three-period lesson does not help the child?  How long do we persist? What else can we do? 

As many as one in five children are affected by language challenges, such as dyslexia, that are not typically diagnosed until well into primary school.  With or without a diagnosis, teachers may observe challenges with sounds.  The interests and retention of even three, four, and five year olds can signify both reading potential and potential reading struggle.    This workshop will cover characteristics of dyslexia, recommendations of the US National Reading Panel, and how to support children, both initially in early childhood and later if diagnosed with a language processing disorder.  

Dyslexic children need sequential, multi-sensory and explicit experience with the sounds and symbols of our language to read fluently. The richly prepared Montessori environment provides a plethora of language experiences for children in Children’s House and then through Cosmic Education – our three to 12 year olds – and is a wonderful environment in which to support struggling readers.

This workshop is suitable for early childhood and primary teachers, parents and interested educators and covers ages from three to 12 years. This workshop is led by Alison Awes and is in high demand internationally with workshops in the USA, Canada and Australia planned prior to the New Zealand workshop.

Registration Costs
Full registration $320.00
MANZ Member staff and parents $160.00
MANZ Individual Members $240.00

Date for final payment Monday May 11, 2015. Places not guaranteed until payment is received.

Times
Auckland: Saturday May 30th from 9am-4.30pm
Wellington: Wednesday and Thursday June 3-4 from 6-9pm. 

Venues
Auckland - Eastern Suburbs Montessori School, 217 Riddell Rd, Glendowie.
Wellington - Wa Ora Montessori School, 278 Waddington Drive, Naenae.

 Alison Awes

Alison Awes is the Director of Elementary Training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota, Assoziation Montessori Schweiz, and the Co-Director of Elementary Training at the Maria Montessori Institute, London. She holds AMI diplomas for 3-6 and 6-12 and has taught in both six-to-nine and nine-to-twelve classrooms. Alison holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College, a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland.

She is an AMI examiner and consultant and has served on the boards of private and charter Montessori schools, as well as other organizations including the AMI Elementary Alumni Association.   An international lecturer, she has given numerous workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Ms. Awes attended Montessori school until the age of twelve. 


MANZ Professional Learning for 6-12
Principles of the Prepared Environment: How the Prepared Environment Supports Cosmic Education

Wellington June 6-7, 2015, 9-4pm
Montessori @ Berhampore Primary, 105 Britomart St, Berhampore, Wellington.

This workshop will explore the details of the psychological and physical prepared environment for the elementary (6-12) child.  In addition to the theoretical aspects of Cosmic Education and the characteristics of the child, Alison will also address how to encourage and inspire meaningful work including how to generate interest, inspire follow up work, and increase the variety of work in the 6-12 classroom without using imposed assignments or teacher directed activities.

She will provide practical advice on the organization and maintenance of your classroom as well as working with parents, administrators, and staff.  Refresh and energize your spirit with ideas for improving your work while remaining calm and focused on the essential priorities of a successful Montessori classroom.  This workshop is suitable for primary teachers in Montessori 6-12 classes. 

Registration Costs

Full registration $540.00
MANZ Member Schools staff and parents $280.00
MANZ Individual Members $400.00
 
Date for final payment Monday May 11, 2015. Places not guaranteed until payment is received.

  Alison Awes

Alison Awes is the Director of Elementary Training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota, Assoziation Montessori Schweiz, and the Co-Director of Elementary Training at the Maria Montessori Institute, London. She holds AMI diplomas for 3-6 and 6-12 and has taught in both six-to-nine and nine-to-twelve classrooms. Alison holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College, a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland.


She is an AMI examiner and consultant and has served on the boards of private and charter Montessori schools, as well as other organizations including the AMI Elementary Alumni Association.   An international lecturer, she has given numerous workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Ms. Awes attended Montessori school until the age of twelve.

   


MANZ Workshops with Carla Foster
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.

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