Carla Foster has been the AMI Director of Diploma Course at Montessori Training Center of New England (MTCNE) the past few years and also works at the University College, Høgskolen i Vestfold og Buskerud, in Norway.
Carla holds a bachelor degree in Social Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies and a combined Masters degree in Old Icelandic Literature and Norwegian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas from MMI in London and the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. She has worked with children at the levels 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12, working in both private and public Montessori schools. She has been an elementary trainer since 2011 and had the privilege of doing some of that training under Jean Miller at the Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, India, and the rest under Ann Dunne in London, England.
Carla is originally from California, but has lived in Norway since 1995, where she had a 6-9 class for 12 years and consults for schools in Norway. She has also taught ballet, modern dance, African dance and Irish dance for many years and has given workshops on writing and bringing drama, music and dance into the elementary classroom.
Carla currently trains the 2nd 6-12 Diploma Course in Prague.
Kyla Morenz is an AMI Elementary Trainer from Toronto, Canada. She has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo and her M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland. In 2011, she obtained her TESOL certificate from the University of Toronto, Woodsworth College. She has AMI diplomas at both the 3-6 and 6-12 levels. She has taught in 6-9, 9-12, and 6-12 environments in Canada and Morocco. She has lectured on courses in North America and Europe.
BENEFITS OF THE COURSE
- Receive International Certificate by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) recognized all over the world.
- Learn from a very experienced AMI Training Directress Cordula Arana.
- Study International AMI Assistants Course from the comfort of your home.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
School leaders and administrators
All adults interested in child development
GOAL OF THE COURSE
Become able assistants in a Montessori Elementary classroom.
Learn about the depth of Montessori philosophy with regard to child development.
Learn how to interact with children in the elementary classroom and with a Montessori trained teacher.
Learn about the importance of observation and learn to observe.
Acquire ability to support the development of the elementary child.
- 60 hours of live online sessions and additional independent study.
- Approximately 10 hours of independent study.
- 9 additional hours of obligatory observations.
- Specific instructions on how to observe will be given during the course, taking into account the restrictions which may be imposed by Covid 19.
April 27, 29 and 30, 2021
May 4, 6 and 8, 2021
May 11, 13 and 15, 2021
May 17-21, 2021
Outside of this course schedule, students will undertake 9 hours of Observation. Specific instructions on how to conduct Observation will be given during the Course.
There will be live lectures given by trainers on “Zoom” platform.
Course work and course communication will be done on platform “Schoology”.
The course requires general ability to use computers and the internet and willingness to learn to use Zoom and Schoology platforms.
Students will receive technical support during the period of time when the course is given.
With interpretation of the spoken word to Czech and Hebrew.
All course work, including written assignments, can be done in English, Czech, Slovak and Hebrew.
Students need to have an adequate level of spoken and written English, Czech, Slovak or Hebrew to take the course.
I. Introduction to Montessori
II. Introduction to Montessori’s theory of human development
• Needs and tendencies
• Self construction
• Four planes of development
• Characteristics of child in second plane
III. The prepared environment for the second plane
• The elementary teacher
• The materials
• Other adults (assistant, experts)
IV. The plan for the elementary child
• Cosmic education
• The pedagogical techniques (examples of lessons may be included)
• Role of teacher (transmitter of knowledge, inspiration)
• Class composition (mixed ages, suf cient children)
• Story telling/oral introductions (Great Stories/ other stories)
• Content knowledge (key lessons)
• Sensorial/imaginative presentations, leading to abstraction
• Develop imagination, leading to creativity
• Awareness of necessity for social/moral development
• Going Out (implementing the child’s self construction)
• Other adults (there is more outside the classroom)
V. Freedom and responsibility
• Freedom as applied to child in elementary environment
• Responsibility as applied to child in elementary environment
VI. Interacting with the elementary child
• Manner of speaking to a child
• Appropriate direction for a child
• Manner of redirecting child
VII. Assisting the trained teacher:
• Have regular meetings with the teacher
• Observation of the children that supports the work of the teacher/child
• Maintenance of the environment
• Ordering supplies
• Accompanying children on Going Outs
• Role Model for appropriate classroom behaviours (language, movement, activity)
• Maintain confidentiality
Some time will be be dedicated to the reading and discussion of Maria Montessori’s texts relevant to topics given.
REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION
If you would like to register in the upcoming AMI AC 6-12 or have any other questions, please contact us!
Online registration form: click here
Telephone: +359 878 832 823
The course will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation in Bulgarian language.