Challenging our Practice

The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit. 

Montessori, M. The Absorbent Mind

Montessori was a pioneer, not afraid to observe, reflect and adjust. Join us as we come together to consider how the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy can serve the child in the changing and challenging times we find ourselves in today.

In our monthly webinars, we reflect on our practice and, by means of provocations shared beforehand, challenge ourselves to consider how, and in what form, the essence of Montessori can be preserved and stay relevant for our children growing up in the 21st Century.

What’s on

14-Dec7 pm (UTC)Children’s Big Ideas
Have you ever been challenged by children’s big ideas? How do we go about handling their big thoughts, emotions, and ideas? In this third session of our ‘trinity’ series, we will look at ‘the child’ exploring how it is necessary for us as adults to meet the children where they are at, regardless of whether this makes us uncomfortable.

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11-Jan. 7 pm (UTC) The Power of Storytelling
We are delighted to welcome Helen Lumgair to our first webinar of the new year. Helen is a Montessori teacher, Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Mediator and Education Consultant. She authored a chapter on using the process of narrative to develop empathy in early childhood in the book, Developing Empathy in the Early Years: A Guide for Practitioners and then wrote the book Using Stories to Support Learning and Development in Early Childhood. She is passionate about developing holistic educational strategies to meet the needs of every learner, and about stories.

Our webinar will explore the power of story-telling. In an article for Psychology Today, Peter Gray says that “Stories provide a simplified simulation world that helps us make sense of and learn to navigate our complex real world.”

Helen will help us understand the power of stories both for children’s cognitive as well as social-emotional development, and will give us some tools to practically implement the use of stories to aid children’s wellbeing and holistic development.

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8-Feb7 pm (UTC)The Favourable Environment?

Details to come.

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8-Mar7 pm (UTC)Working with Montessori Parents

Details to come

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