Writing in the Primary Classes for 6-12 Kaiako

Tania, Robin and Dimitra are three teachers who are passionate about writing. During this workshop they will share with you some of the knowledge that they have learnt during their Montessori training and in their 47 combined years in Montessori primary classrooms.

Some of the topics they will cover are:-

  • Looking at Effective Literacy Practice through the Montessori lens and reviewing the writing section of the primary Posted Curriculum, that was developed by primary teachers from across NZ a few years ago.
  • Oral language and how this is extremely important as a means of storytelling.
  • Ways of helping struggling writers.
  • How to write a report without copying from the book.
  • Writing lessons that use published authors as models.
  • The surface features of writing.
  • Figuring out the next step.

This promises to be an enlightening workshop with lots of helpful ideas to take back to your classroom.

Dates: October 28/29, 2017
Time: 9-4 pm Saturday and Sunday
Location: Montessori @ Berhampore Primary School, 105 Britomart St, Berhampore, Wellington.

Full registration: $540
MANZ member schools staff and parents: $280
MANZ Individual members: $400


Tania Gaffney is the deputy principal preschool and primary at Wā Ora where she has worked since the beginning of 2010 having spent the previous 8 years working in a 6-9 primary Montessori class in Wellington and teaching Montessori preschool for 4 years prior to that. She gained her Primary Teaching Degree at the University of Otago and did her AMS Montessori diploma in New York.  

Robin Barraclough Wilkins has worked at Wā Ora Montessori School since 1999 and is the Specialist Teacher of Montessori Philosophy. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Teaching, primary Institute of Montessori Education (TIME)  and Montessori 3-6 training from the London Montessori Centre.

Dimitra Pantazis teaches the 6-12 class at Berhampore School in Wellington in the Montessori unit. She has also taught in conventional classrooms but is happiest in Montessori settings. In 2015, she completed the AMI 6-12 training at the Montessori Training Centre of New England. Dimitra’s trainer was Carla Foster, and she credits Carla for giving her fresh insights and new skills into Cosmic Education.