Observation Workshop

Observation is an essential tool for linking Montessori philosophy and teaching practice. It enables Montessori teachers to gather data and provide evidence for teaching as inquiry, internal evaluations, and of course to plan for tamariki lessons. It requires careful and individual preparation on the part of the observer and preparation is necessary in order to be capable of observing and understanding what is observed.
Date: All completed
Location: Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Do you remember, as a student kaiako, being told to go and observe, or when you were doing your Montessori training the importance of observation? I remember, and thinking ‘so how do I actually do that!’

To help YOU learn how to observe the ‘Montessori way” we have a workshop tailored just for this purpose.

Observation is an essential tool for linking Montessori philosophy and teaching practice together. It enables Montessori teachers to gather data and provide evidence for teaching as inquiry,  internal evaluations, and of course to plan for tamariki lessons. It requires careful and individual preparation on the part of the observer with preparation being necessary in order to be capable of observing and of understanding that which is observed.

…. in this case, the child – will be free to manifest the phenomena which we wish to observe.”
Dr Maria Montessori (1921). The London Lectures, AMI Communications, 2008/2

At MANZ conference 2013 Connie Black introduced the idea of work curves to many kaiako. Amy Kirkham and Carol Potts facilitated an Observation course later that year. Now you have the opportunity to become more familiar with observing, creating and using work curves to guide your teaching practice. Come along to this hands on workshop to learn how to do an observation work curve, how to analyse it, and create a lesson plan from it.

Process

Initial 4 hour workshop
Followed by:

  • Kaiako to complete a work curve in their own centre and develop a lesson plan.
  • Teacher’s to email work curve and lesson plan to facilitator within 3 weeks of completing the workshop.
  • Facilitator will assess each work curve and lesson plan returning with feedback.

Locations and Dates

  • Auckland – 10th March | Completed
  • Hamilton – 19th May | Completed
  • Wellington – 24th March | Completed
  • Christchurch – 28 April | Completed
  • Dunedin – 5 May | Completed

Observation Workshop

Date: All completed
Location: Auckland
Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Registration

Registration costs include attendance at the workshop, morning tea and email assessment of one work curve with follow up lesson plan.

Full Registration: $225
MANZ School Member: $100
MANZ Individual Member: $125

More info on the Registration Types

Full Registration Rate
The full registration rates are for delegates who are not eligible for MANZ member rates.

MANZ School, Organisation and Student Member Special Rate
If your early childhood service or kura is a member of MANZ, all your staff and parents receive a special school member rate. If your organisation is a member of MANZ one person will receive this member rate. Student members of MANZ can also register for this rate.

MANZ Individual Member Special Rate
If you are an individual member of MANZ in 2018 you will receive the special individual member rate.

Becoming a MANZ Individual Member
If your service or school is not a school member of MANZ, you have the option to join MANZ as an individual member for $65 pa and then register at the individual member rate. You will also receive two MANZ publications; the colour magazine Montessori Voices and teacher e-zine Informed each term in 2018 as part of your membership. After June you can register as an individual member for $30 pa.

Becoming a MANZ Student Member
If you are currently studying you have the option to join MANZ as a student member for $30 pa and then register for at the rate offered to teachers at MANZ member schools. MANZ may ask for proof of current student identification. You will also receive two MANZ publications; the colour magazine Montessori Voices and teacher e-zine Informed each term in 2018 as part of your membership. After June you can register as a student member for $15 pa.

All pricing in NZ$