Friday, June 29, 2012

What Worried Me Most as a New Montessori Teacher

Thoughts from Montessori teachers on Common Worries...


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From Lisha-

As a new Montessori preschool teacher, I was most worried about how we (my co-teacher and I) were going to keep 20 children, especially the 3 year olds engaged for the duration of the class. My uncertainties slowly started to slip away as I watched the returning children move around the Montessori classroom by themselves in a busy, quiet, and productive manner. I was amazed that they were so self-sufficient and that they were happy to be working independently and/or with a partner at such a young age. And the younger children — they were just so excited and curious about all the different materials in the classroom that they were eager to learn anything and everything!

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What Worried Me Most as a New Montessori Teacher: Record Keeping

One of the biggest worries I faced as a new Montessori teacher was how to keep track of student lessons and progress. The idea of having 30 lower elementary students all working individually and independently was daunting. How would I make plans? How could I monitor progress? How was I going to keep up with correcting all that individual work?

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As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Trust in the Montessori Method - Why We Believe in Montessori

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Being a Montessori teacher takes a lot of faith. Many of us were educated using conventional methods and some of us are even conventionally-trained teachers. It can be a challenge to let go of what we are familiar with and used to. As a NAMC diploma program tutor, I frequently am asked to justify the Montessori philosophy and method to teacher candidates who are wary of the unknown.

Well, but don’t you think…?

…preschool children need fantasy play?

…children need to be taught to be competitive?

…children need to know how the measure up against their peers?

…grades and standardized tests are important assessments of children’s progress?

…Montessori’s methods are antiquated given all the current educational research?

My answer to all of these is a profound No. Not if you believe that the Montessori method of education works and is the best method for educating children.

As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
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