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.
We will take a break over the summer and look forward to returning to reflect on and challenge our practice with you in September.
Our programme of webinars in the autumn term will address what Montessori described as the “trinity” (The 1946 London Lectures, 2012:212): the adult, the child and the environment.
|28-Sept.||7 pm (BST)||The Environment: Loose Parts Play|
Loose parts play comes up time and time again in our webinars and Montessorians have an ambivalent stance towards it. We are delighted to be joined by Alice Sharp in this webinar, who will explore with us the benefits of loose parts play, exploring how it encourages creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving.
|9-Nov.||7 pm (UTC)||The Adult: Interaction or Interference?|
Montessori advises us to “Stand by, remain silent, and do not speak a word to the children, do not make any noise.” (Montessori Speaks to Parents, 2017: 3) But research shows that nothing is more important for extending children’s learning than positive interactions with more knowledgeable others. So when should we interact? And when should we, as Montessori advocates, ‘Stand by’ lest our interactions become an interference?
|14-Dec.||7 pm (UTC)||The Child: 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, no matter how uncomfortable that makes us feel.