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 2016.


The Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand 2016 Conference is open to everyone interested in Montessori education.

Come and join the Montessori community at the Claudelands,  Hamilton,

Peta Gibson (0-3) keynote address will discuss the transformation which occurs in this age group through allowing exploration. Her workshops will expand on ideas presented at this.

Sarah Werner Andrews  (3-6) keynote will introduce the idea of Exploration as the “Key” to 21st Century Learning and then her following sessions will each take a look at an aspect of our work as it relates to exploration. For example, what is the role of adult in supporting exploration, how does “joyful learning” support exploration, how do children explore through their social development, and how can we support exploration in Sensorial, Practical Life, Mathematics, and Language.

Wendy Calise (6-12) keynote will address Agency and Empathy – The Cornerstones of Our Work. Agency, or the urge to ask, “What can I do?” rather than “Who did this?” This is essential for personal growth, a sense of control, and resilience. Agency is what helps to take care of the individual. Empathy, on the other hand, is what helps us to care for one another. If either of these faculties is left undeveloped, a life is simply not what it could have been. Wendy will expand on this in her workshops.

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We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 conference … it is again the highlight of the Montessori professional learning calendar.




Storyteller of Truth (Sat 24 - Sun 25 September)

We are very fortunate to have Rebecca Dallam coming to NZ in May. Rebecca will be facilitating a very 'hands on' workshop for primary kaiako. 

Professional Learning for 6-12
Sat-Sun September 24-25 Montessori@Berhampore Primary, Berhampore, Wellington.
Storyteller of Truth

Montessori Cosmic Education builds upon a rich oral story telling tradition. This talk will explore why the oral tradition is important to maintain in all subject areas, and hw the teacher's role as a 'storyteller of the truth' needs to be central in the implementing of Cosmic Education. We will also explore practical ways to improve our storytelling ability in order to use stories to inspire exploration and creativity on the part of the children.

This should be a good follow on from the workshop held in Wellington with Rebecca a few years ago”.

Full registration $540
MANZ member schools staff and parents $280
MANZ Individual members $400
Registration includes 2 day workshop morning and afternoon teas and lunch each day.
Payment due by 9th September.

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Observation Workshop Series, Auckland in 2017 ? 

Observation Workshop Series
Wednesday July 22 through to Wednesday September 23, 2017
Venue: Montessori @ Otari Preschool, 166 Wilton Rd, Wilton, Wellington

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 early 2017. 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.

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.

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