MONTESSORI METHOD AND ITS APPLICATION
IN THE SCHOOL
The Montessori method is over 100 years old and more and more people are becoming interested in it, and this is not surprising, because the method devised by Maria Montessori, a true visionary of education, does not go out of fashion. Even today, the findings of neuroscience coincide with many of the writings she left us.
Nowadays we are living in a complex environment and the sustainability of our world is being threatened. In this turbulent, dispersed and individualistic age in which we live, it is essential to return to the essence of education. The child.
In this course we will learn about the most important events in the life of Maria Montessori and the characteristics of her scientific method. We will go into the evolutionary development of the child and how to promote his or her needs and tendencies, and we will find out how to put into practice the teachings of Maria Montessori in the public school.
This course is aimed at teachers of primary levels and backgrounds who are interested in learning about another way of educating children, the future men and women of tomorrow, to achieve their full potential. The most important thing is to find inner motivation.
The working style will be theoretical-practical and attendants will take part individually, in pairs or small groups.
Leisure and motivational activities will be carried out to integrate what has been learned.
There will be debates, simulations and exhibitions that will enrich our personal work.
We will visit a Montessori school to experience the Montessori environment on-site.
Attendants will always have our support and we will be at their disposal for any questions or suggestions.
By the end of the course, the company will give participants a certificate of attendance which includes detailed information about the course, such as title, programme and timetable. In addition, a Europass mobility certificate can be added on request.
One of the main goals of this course is to broaden the view at an educational level and to shake the awareness in order to contribute to a different sort of education.
Another objective is to observe the shortcomings of the current education system and to be able to solve them, as far as possible, with small and/or big changes.
Another key aspect is to know that the transformation of education starts with the transformation of oneself so this adventure is not possible without a personal work.
To learn about Maria Montessori's life and work.
To understand the evolutionary development of the child and the needs and tendencies of the human being.
To understand the importance of objective observation.
To know what a "prepared environment" means and the role that adults plays in it.
To know the guidelines to follow in a presentation and why each one of them is necessary.
Assimilate the different areas that are worked on in a Montessori environment (practical life, sensory, language, mathematics, culture, art...)
Manipulate and experiment with some of the Montessori materials to understand the quality of the sequence of movements that occur in a presentation.
Integrate techniques and ideas to initiate change in public school.
This weekly programme is for guidance only. Depending on the needs of the participants and the professional profiles, the course may change. It is a flexible programme.
The course trainers will welcome the participants on Sunday afternoon and all the course material will be handed out. The main training, instruction and practical activities will take place from Monday to Friday. Finally, a course summary and final evaluation will be made on Saturday morning and certificates of attendance will be issued. The standard orientation programme is briefly explained below.
SUNDAY: course presentation and formalities
MONDAY: Maria Montessori's revolution
We will know who Maria Montessori was, her work and the importance of her method in the new educational paradigm of the beginning of the century.
We will comment on some fragments of Gianluca Maria Tavarelli's film:
"A life dedicated to children"
We will make a timeline according to the Montessori method on the biography of Maria Montessori and explain the importance of making timelines.
We will deal with doubts, questions and opinions about the visit to the school.
TUESDAY: "The secret of childhood"
We will understand the different evolutionary stages that a child goes through.
We will talk about the needs and tendencies of the human being.
We will discuss the importance of a "prepared environment" and the role of the Montessori teacher.
We will make objective observations of a living being.
WEDNESDAY: Practical life, sensory and maths
We will understand why practical life and sensorial work is essential in "Children's House" and represents the basis for further learning, as well as for the shaping of personality.
We will practice some presentations with practical life and sensory materials, emphasizing the points of interest of each presentation.
THURSDAY: Networking day
- Workshops, networking and exchange of good practices with other participants from other courses attending at the same time during the week.
- Presentation of your own school and your KA1 PROJECT with all participants from the course and other structured courses of the company.
- Optional Cultural package: it depends of the city where the course is running, the company will offer an optional package just to encourage networking and to know much more about cultural and historical from the country where you stay.
FRIDAY: "Help me to do it on my own"
We will discuss the following areas and describe their characteristics and qualities:
We will make presentations of both areas.
Montessori applications in public schools.
We will put into practice what we have learned during the week through a proposal of exercises to be carried out in small groups in a collaborative way.
Group work. Delivery of certificates of attendance.
Montessori method and its application in the classroom will attend courses during 2021 and 2022 in following dates:
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
From Sunday 10th October to Saturday 16th.
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
From Sunday 17th July to Saturday 23rd.
ITALY – BOLOGNA:
From Sunday 28th August to Saturday 3rd September.
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
From Sunday 9th October to Saturday 15th.
COST AND ERASMUS + FUNDING
The cost of the seven day course is 490€, including course fee, certification and support fee, cultural and sport activities in the city. You will also receive a certificate of attendance. The cost includes arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday. The company offers an Optional cultural package to deepen in relationship between all participants.
The training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore trainers can help in Key Action 1 Application to ensure that participants can get the grant and could be eligible to receive an Erasmus + grant that cover all the costs of the course.