Applying Montessori Theory to Computational Thinking

PD 6+ Years: Applying Montessori theory to Computational Thinking

Join us for this practical and interactive one day workshop where you will learn how to teach computational thinking and learn about algorithms and debugging without any screens or devices.
Date: 21 September 2019
Location: TBA, Auckland
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In 2017 New Zealand launched a Digital Technology Curriculum which has to be implemented by 2020 in your class. This new curriculum is calling us to address computational thinking strategies.

Rachel Ammundsen attended workshops on the new curriculum, she reflected, planned  and worked out how to apply this new learning in a way which stays true to Montessori environments. Commencing with the writings of Dr. Montessori, main points of philosophy emerged as imperative and applicable to Rachel: ie: “the hand is the instrument of the mind,” “the importance of the opportunity for independent repetition,” “moving from concrete to abstract” and “developing mastery through meaningful activity.” This led to Rachel developing a series of learning materials to promote digital literacy and computational thinking within a Montessori framework.

With a review of our Montessori tents of philosophy we can easily present work for the children to learn and engage with computational thinking. This is a practical, interactive workshop about sharing the language of coding with tamariki. Participants will revisit the basic tenets of our Montessori theory and leave with practical ways to teach computational thinking, learning about algorithms and debugging without any screens or devices.

Facilitator: Rachel Ammundsen

Rachel Ammundsen completed her A.M.I. 3-6 and 6-12 training in her native Dublin and then moved to New Zealand in 1993 to begin her teaching career at the Casa level. Rachel has taught in France and Ireland also. She gained her B. Ed. (Teaching Primary), Graduate Diploma in Teaching (E.C.) and Post Graduate Special Education Certificate through Massey University, N.Z.. Rachel has taught toddler communities through to 9-12, in private, state and Catholic integrated schools. She currently teaches an amazing community of 6-12 year old children in New Plymouth, New Zealand. They are a single Montessori class in a public state school. Rachel has 4 children of her own, between the ages of 16 and 9, she has taught 2 of her own children at Casa and elementary levels.

PD 6+ Years: Applying Montessori theory to Computational Thinking

Date: 21 September 2019
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: TBA
Address: TBA, Auckland

One Day registration

Registration fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Full Registration: $300
MANZ School Member: $160
MANZ Individual Member: $200

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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 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 as part of your membership.

Becoming a MANZ Student Member
If you are currently studying you have the option to join MANZ as a student member for $35 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 as part of your membership.

All pricing in NZ$

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