So true. The experience of Montessori teacher training is like a visit to a foreign land – everything is seen through a different lens, everything is interlinked and every where you turn holds a new perspective.. No one aspect or quick glimpse can capture the complexity and richness. But neither can one ever to return to not seeing. Once you have visited a well run Montessori community, it will become one of the lenses through which you view all other educational experiences.
The teacher, when she begins to work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.
Dr Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
No other year in my life was as intense as September 1985 to June 1986-no, not either of my children’s first year of life-no, not my first year of teaching or even my first year as head of school. My post-graduate Montessori teacher training in Italy transformed me by regularly upending conventional beliefs about children and education that continues to this day.
Accredited teacher training requires rethinking a teacher’s (or guide’s) role while consuming large amounts of philosophy and specific methodology. The Montessori method demands deep faith in a child’s potential and inner drive to learn. It requires letting go of the adult perspective that we need…
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