International Montessori
Training Institute

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1975 North Park Place Atlanta GA 30339

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Services for Teachers and Schools

Theory Audits

AMI diploma holders may audit selected theory lectures throughout the training course for a small fee. Click here for a list of topics and dates as well as registration options.

Click here to read what past participants have to say about auditing theory lectures.

Implementation Program for AMI and AMI-Aspiring Schools
Academic Year

Purpose

To assist the staff in offering quality Montessori programming to the children and their families, this project is designed to give support through ongoing meetings, phone calls, class visits, observations, modeling of techniques, and the use of recordkeeping. Research shows that the induction years are the hardest, with recommendation that practitioners are offered goal-setting strategies, affirmations and encouragement, mentorship, and spiritual and philosophical renewal. It should be noted that a strong Montessori program has as its foundation the Primary environments; these 3 years are most vital for the intellectual, physical and emotional well-being, where work habits are established, self-esteem and personality formed, and the seeds sown for social responsibility.

Design

August: Preparing the Environments

Visits will be made to each Casa environment to give ideas and feedback on how the environment might support the child’s need for concentration, movement, independence, logical sequence, beauty and order. Phase-in activities with new children, communication with parents, working with the Assistant, and first week of orienting children to the physical and psychological space will be reviewed, as warranted. Goals for on-going material-making may also be prioritized.

End of September / Early October: Classroom Observations

The consultant will travel between the Primary environments, observing the work cycle, and the process of normalization. She will look for signs that indicate the growth of the whole group in regard to cohesion, respect, responsibility, inclusion, cooperation and civility. Individual challenges will be unique to each setting, which should be noted prior to the consultant’s arrival. Upon occasion, side-by-side observations may occur, along with the Guide observing while the Consultant demonstrates methods of extending interest, encouraging engagement and repetition, protecting lessons, promoting constructive use of the materials, and offering peaceful resolutions to conflict. Individual meetings will occur to offer opportunities for candid dialogue. Cluster sessions (with all Primary Guides) may also be appropriate based on common themes.

October: Parent Talk

Topic will be decided after two days of observation in the school, with suggestions from the staff and parents. Ideas include classic and recurring themes of independence, rewards and punishments, indirect preparations, explosions in learning, the three year cycle, the intangible environment, Montessori “homework,” language development, mistakes and their role in the process of learning.

December: Classroom Observations

The consultant will travel between the Primary environments, observing the work cycle, and the process of normalization. She will look for signs that indicate the growth of the whole group in regard to cohesion, respect, responsibility, inclusion, cooperation and civility. Individual challenges will be unique to each setting, which should be noted prior to the consultant’s arrival. Upon occasion, side-by-side observations may occur, along with the Guide observing while the Consultant demonstrates methods of extending interest, encouraging engagement and repetition, protecting lessons, promoting constructive use of the materials, and offering peaceful resolutions to conflict. Individual meetings will occur to offer opportunities for candid dialogue. Cluster sessions (with all Primary Guides) may also be appropriate based on common themes.

March: Classroom Observations

As with the fall visits, problems and challenges identified by the staff will be addressed. Observations, conferences, and a cluster meeting (determined as needed) will take place as described.

April or May: Classroom Observations

Seeing all that has blossomed due to the cultivation of self-discipline will be the goal. Self-assessment will be encouraged. Summer planning for rejuvenation and pedagogical / philosophical review will aid the upcoming new school year.

June: Summary Report

Directions for the future will be addressed. The Consultant hopes to provide long-range plans to encompass what the school might envision over the next years as it evolves and expands. Possibilities include the staffing, professional development and retreats, ages and populations served, the physical plant, and parent programs.

Joen Bettmann, Director of Training
Connie Black, Trainer
International Montessori Training Institute

Design will be customized per school. Limited availability; call to discuss options and fees for your program.