Montessori Method – Learning in Freedom within Limits

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Preparation:

Course organisers will send to the participants list of materials related to the course topic they can read in order to prepare for the course. Organisers will be available if participants need any information related to the accommodation, plane tickets or any detail necessary in organising the course.

Course description

21st century teacher is faced with various pedagogical approaches that can be challenging to apply in traditional classroom. One of those approaches is Montessori, developed by Italian doctor and educator Maria Montessori. She made an extensive research on holistic child's development, and the results were amazing. Montessori Method is based on human development, and the stages of child's development is crucially important to learning. In this approach, the discovery model is crucially important; when children themselves learn concepts from using the materials. Environment is very important in this approach, as well as learning materials. Participants on the course will get theoretical and practical knowledge about Montessori Method; the lecturer will instruct them on how they can apply Montessori in their classrooms. Participants will compare traditional approach to Montessori approach. During the course, we will make authentic Montessori classroom.

 Methodology:

Methodological approach involves:

  • Team – Building Sessions;
  • Role – Playing;
  • Group Discussions;
  • Debates;
  •  Problem – Solving Activities;
  • Project – Solving Activities
  • Ice – Breaking and Warm – Up Sessions,
  • Self – Motivation Sessions;
  • Questionnaires

Objectives

  • Learning the terminology of scientific pedagogy
  • Learning about materials needed for Montessori classroom
  • Familiarising with Montessori environment
  • Gaining knowledge of how to apply Montessori in your classroom
Learning Outcomes

  • Introducing to the basics of Montessori method
  • Familiarizing with the origins and history of Montessori
  • Reflecting upon examples of good practices from successful application of Montessori approach
  • Learning about scientific pedagogy
  • Learning about the importance of the environment for applying Montessori
  • Integration with teachers from various European countries
  • Improvement of language and communication skills
  • Increased capacity to cooperate on international level

Follow-up

Trainees will be given soft and hard copies of all lesson materials, which they presenting  to their colleagues at their own organizations to generate interest in 21st-century teaching methods with creative thinking. In addition, a mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences. Self-evaluation materials will be provided. At the end of the course the participants will accomplish a questionnaire in order to get a detailed feedback for the effectiveness of the training event.

Programme of training activities day-by-day:

Day 1 – MONDAY

  • Welcome and registration
  • Introduction to Montessori education
  • Who is Maria Montessori?
  • The history of Montessori approach in education

Day 2 – TUESDAY

  • The basic philosophy of Montessori approach
  • Traditional approach vs. Montessori approach
  • Essential elements of Montessori method
  • Examples of good practices of applying Montessori method in schools

Day 3 – WENDESDAY

  • The advantages of constructivist/discovery model: Students learn concepts themselves
  • Learning from working with materials
  • The role of teacher in Montessori approach

Day 4 – THURSDAY

  • The importance of freedom in Montessori method
  • Specialised Montessori materials: What do we need for practising Montessori
  • Montessori approach: Different view to pedagogy
  • Montessori in mixed classrooms

Day 5 – FRIDAY

  • The importance of movement within Montessori method
  • Montessori education: Model of human development
  • „Normalisation“ in Montessori – from 3 to 6 years

Days 6/7 – SATURDAY and SUNDAY Workshops and Cultural/Sightseeing Activities

Day 8 – Monday

  • The importance of learning environment
  • Different stages of development: Acquisition of language
  • Second stage: Interest in small objects
  • Order, sensory refinement and social behaviour

Day 9 – Tuesday

  • Developing according to inner laws of development
  • Authentic learning in Montessori
  • Reality of applying Montessori in today's classrooms: Critical debate

Day 10 – Wednesday

  • Feedback, Course Evaluation and Dissemination Focus
  • Awarding certificates of attendance