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Classroom Assistants & You: Cultivating Healthy Relationships

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)

Presenter: Allison Dodrill
Levels: Infant & Toddler – Elementary II

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Live Webinar

Individuals (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$45/AMS member

Organizations (Unlimited participants at 1 computer; CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)
$175/AMS member organization
$225/non-member organizations

Registration closes at 4:00 PM on the day of the webinar. Registration fees are non-refundable. If you register and then cancel, we will be happy to credit your payment toward another webinar of your choice. Credits may not be used toward the cost of on-demand webinars.

On-Demand Webinar

After the live webinar airs, the presentation will be made available for 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. Please note: the on-demand webinar is not included with registration to the live webinar; it must be purchased separately.

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

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We are all familiar with the Montessori learning triangle in which the environment, teacher, and child are inexorably linked. I propose that we add another element—the classroom assistant—creating instead a triangular-based pyramid.

Recognizing the assistant as a crucial aspect of classroom success, how then do we as teachers build a solid, respectful relationship with our assistant(s) while demanding of them their very best selves, often with little or no Montessori, or even classroom, training?

I will walk you through concrete steps to take, how to create a mission statement of sorts, building a checklist for your assistant to follow, when and how to allow your assistant to take on greater responsibilities in the classroom, and defining and respectfully enforcing boundaries.

Learner Outcomes

  • You will identify specifically what you need from an assistant
  • Understand that it will take time and patience before your assistant is able to meet your classroom needs
  • Understand the 3-year cycle and how it relates to classroom assistants.

Allison Dodrill is a lead Early Childhood teacher at Northview Montessori in Boise, ID. Montessori-credentialed (Early Childhood).

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