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Montessori Teacher Development: Nurturing the Seeds of Transformation

Presenters: Crystal Dahlmeier and Sharon Trumpy 
For: All Teachers

Individual Rental Group Rental

Price

On-Demand Webinar

On-demand webinars are available as a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)

Overview

During this webinar, we will use the imagery of a seed to identify what is needed to break through the protective coat of our current Montessori practices. When we nurture and nourish the seeds of transformation, we can truly blossom. We will explore things that block transformative practice, environments and practices that nurture growth, and specific strategies that can be implemented either individually or with other professionals to support and encourage lifelong growth and learning. 

The preparation of a Montessori teacher is something about which Maria Montessori wrote extensively. For example, in The Discovery of the Child, she stated, “She must acquire a moral alertness which has not hitherto been demanded by any other system, and this is revealed in her tranquility, patience, charity, and humility. Not words, but virtues, are her main qualifications.” (Clio Press, 151)

Montessori teachers begin this process when they are in training, first learning the basics of Montessori philosophy and then reflecting upon and applying this new knowledge. Professional development opportunities, workshops, mentoring, observation, and self-reflection assist teachers in continuing their growth throughout their careers. 

However, transformative growth often requires more than casual reflection and observation. Transformation demands a willingness to question, reexamine, and push towards deeper connection with the self, with others, and with Montessori philosophy. Through in-depth and ongoing examination, we can identify patterns of behavior that may be inconsistent with either our beliefs or Montessori philosophy. Such practices impact children and our abilities to meet their needs.

Learner Outcomes

  1. You will be able to identify the strategies and techniques you use for self-reflection and what is currently working for you.
  2. You will be able to describe 3 professional challenges you currently face.
  3. You will identify 3 strategies that you will use to support your ongoing transformation as a Montessori teacher.

Crystal Dahlmeier, MEd,is an instructor and the practicum coordinator at Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education in Covington, KY. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

Sharon K. Trumpy is a 3 – 6 teacher at Novi-Northville Montessori Center in Novi, MI. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood).

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