AMI Montessori 12-18 Orientation

Certificate Course

ONSITE AT MONTESSORI FARMA SENEŠNICE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Course dates: AUGUST 8-17, 2022

Obligatory online course orientation meeting July 15, 2022 at 5:00PM CET.

COURSE SCHEDULE

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COURSE INFORMATION

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COURSE DIRECTOR - Jenny Marie Höglund

Jenny Marie Höglund is an AMI trainer for 6-12. She is AMI 3- 6 and 6-12 trained. In 1995 Jenny she founded a Montessori school in Swedish Sätile  Montessoriskolan Lära för livet, for children 1 - 16 years old.

Jenny has been a Montessori guide for more than 24 years. Her school and farm is the only location in Europe where you can train in the AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies.

COURSE LECTURER - Lesley Ann Patrick

Lesley Ann Patrick has been a Montessori guide since 1988, during which time she has worked with children from 3-16 years of age in schools affiliated to the Association Montessori Internationale in the UK, Sweden, India and France. Since 2010 Lesley has been focused on working with students between the ages of 12-18, firstly in Scotland, and then in Sweden where she was the Adolescent Co-ordinator.  Lesley also works as an advisor at the AMI/NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies in Sweden. She currently supports communities, both students and adults, in the creation of Montessori Centres for Study and Work.    

Lesley is  involved in co-ordinating Montessori outreach initiatives in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, India. It is these initiatives which bring her regularly to the Assemblies of AMI Educateurs sans Frontieres.

COURSE LECTURER - John McNamara

John McNamara is a teaching principal at Ruffing Montessori School West (Rocky River, OH). He holds the AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo, Italy and has a BA from the University of Windsor, Ontario and an MA in educational administration from the University of Toronto, Ontario. John has taught for over forty years.

COURSE LECTURER - Karl Bruun

Karl Bruun has a bachelor in electronics from Oslo University College of Engineering, and Norwegian pedagogical training included mathematics, nature science and history. He took AMI Montessori Elementary training in Bergamo, Italy in 2004 and AMI / NAMTA Adolescent Orientation in Sweden in 2014. From 2018 he has participated in AMI/GWI's development of the AMI 12 – 18 Diploma course, and is now connected to The Montessori Centre for Work and Study at Rydet, Sätila in Sweden. Karl teaches at Tønsberg Montessori community for adolescents, 12 – 15, in Norway and together with his wife Hilde Tørnby he runs the farm Adal Østre, which is a part of the adolescent community.

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 Jenny Marie Höglund.
  • Study International AMI Montessori 12-18 Orientation with colleagues from all over the world.

GOAL OF THE COURSE

  • Become an able supporter of adolescents in a Montessori Adolescent Community.
  • Learn the developmental needs of adolescent students and how to best support them.
  • Gain an in depth knowledge of Montessori philosophy for the 3rd plane of development.
  • Acquire the ability to support the development of the adolescent by working side by side with the adolescents and the whole team of the program.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • School leaders and administrators
  • All adults interested in child development

COURSE DURATION

  • Course
    Approximately 60 hours of work. Students of this ONSITE COURSE will have an appportunity to work side by side with the students at the farm.
  • Independent Study
    Approximately 10 hours of independent study.
  • Observation
    9 additional hours of obligatory observations.
  • COVID-19 Restrictions
    Specific instructions on how to observe will be given during the Course, taking into account the restrictions which may be imposed by Covid 19.

COURSE LANGUAGE:

  • English, with interpretation of the spoken word to Czech, Hebrew and possibly other languages.
  • Written coursework, the 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.
  • If there is interest, the possibility of interpretation into other languages can be consulted with the Course Director.

OBLIGATORY READING:

  • Appendixes A, B and C from Childhood to Adolescence, The Social Newborn (AMI Communications) and The Oxford Lectures.
  • Students of the course are required to either buy these books prior to the course, or to buy the Course Reader for 30 Eur. More information about the Course reader is in the course information sheet posted above.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION

  • Three essays
    Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.
  • Observation
    9 hours of observation.
  • Reports and Notes
    Submission of observation notes and observation report.
  • Additional work
    Submission of any other course work assigned by the Trainer and obligatory reading.
  • Attendance
    Minimum of 90% attendance.
  • Overall satisfactory participation in the course
    As evaluated by the Course Director.
  • You have 12 weeks to submit all the assignments.
    If students do not finish their requirements for certification on time before the course finishes, they have 12 weeks to submit their missing work.

ENROLLMENT CRITERIA

  • Adequate level of English, Czech, Slovak or Hebrew to allow efficient study in the course.
  • Ability to study at a higher academic level.
  • Positive motivation to study and willingness to positively and constructively cooperate with the Course Director and Co-Director and the training center staff.
  • Filled out online application form and payment of the first part of the fee.

Every student who fulfills the enrollment criteria will be accepted to the course, however: good command of written and spoken English is a prerequisite to take the course. If during the course a student faces difficulties due to insufficient level of English, they may be invited to come back to take the course later, once their English has improved.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

  • 1
    Yes, if you have upper intermediate knowledge of written and spoken English.
    Does not apply to students who will use course interpretation to Czech and Hebrew.
  • 2
    Yes, if you have the ability to study on an undergraduate level.
    The course content is very intensive.
  • 3
    Yes, if you have a strong and positive motivation to work in the course.
    These are keys to success!
  • 4
    Yes, if you have genuine interest to learn in the onsite farm environment.
    The course will be held at a Montessori farm. This will require adaptation skills, willingness to study and work outside and to endure certain level of "out of comfort" zone.

FORMAT of the COURSE

  • This course will be held onsite at a Montessori farm.
  • Course work will be submitted on platform “Schoology”, so you will need a computer with you.
  • You will need outside outdoor clothing and outdoor mentality.
  • You will be asked to collaborate with people you do not know and with our students.

ARE YOU NOT ABLE TO JOIN THIS TIME?

Check out our calendar. We organise this course twice a year.

If you are interested to be placed on a waiting list, please, email miroslava.vlckova@amiprague.cz.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How will the course be held?

The first course in 2022 will be held online. The second cohort will be held onsite at our Montessori farm. Students of the second 2022 cohort will have the opportunity to work side by side with our students.

How do you arrange interpretation to Czech and Hebrew?

The interpretation is available on a separate audio Zoom channel. We will explain how to switch between the channels and how to do the settings before the start of the course. Interpretation will be simultaneous. For the second 2022 cohort, interpreters will be available onsite and we will use translation earphones.

What does 90% of attendance mean in this online format of the course?

The 90% attendance means that you must be present at minimum 90% of the time. You must attend Day 1 of the course. Missing Day 1 of the course will result in termination of your studies in the course. Same requirement is valid for the onsite course. We strongly recommend all students to plan to fully attend all course sessions.

Where will we find our assingments and materials for the course?

The course uses a Learning Platform called Schoology. Instruction how to log into Schoology and how to use it will be given to students prior to the start of the course.

When should I pay?

Once you have read all the course information and understood the requirements and conditions, you can fill in your application, and make the payment on our website.

Why do I need to submit an essay about my motivation to study after I am registered?

We need to make sure that all students taking the course in English have a sufficient level of written and spoken English language. That is why we will ask you to submit a one page essay about your motivation to study. Instruction will be given to you after you enrol to the course.

In what time zone is the course schedule?

The course is schedule in CET (Central European Time Zone), or in another-words - in Prague Time.

I have children, can they be with me while I am studying?

We love children, of course. They are the reason why we give this course. However, a quiet working space without disturbance of other adults and children is a requirement for participation in the course.

What is the price of the course?

The price of the online course is 800 Eur. The price of the onsite course is 900 Eur. This does not include accomodation and food. Information about this will be provided to students who enroll in the onsite course separately.

Will this course be recorded so I can watch the recordings later?

No, neither of the two courses held in 2022 are going to be recorded. Said in another words, there will be no recording of this course.

Do you have more questions?

We're happy to help! Just send us the message, and our colleagues will get back to you Monday to Thursday, 09.00 - 17.00 CET (Prague Time).