- Adequate level of both spoken and written English, Czech, Bulgarian or Slovak to allow efficient study in the course (B2+ level).
- Ability to study at academic level
- Computer (with camera) availability, and internet good enough for Zoom (2.6Mbps)
- A quiet place to study
- Positive motivation to study and willingness to positively and constructively cooperate with the Course Director and the training center staff.
Introduction to the course
The program is created and designed for Montessori assistants in 6-12 classes who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop their Elementary practice.
- A fully online course
- 60 hours
- Guidance of AMI trainers, Carla Foster & Kyla Morenz
- Certificate awarded by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
- International students
- Starting at 750€depending on time of registration (Early/Standard/Late)
Total amount of hours: 60
These hours will consist of live lectures, discussion sessions, self study and writing essays. Further, there are videos, reading sessions and essay group check sessions included upon Trainer's decision. The essay group check will take place on May 31, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CEST. Participation at essay group check is mandatory.
General information about the course
Who is the course suitable for?
- Montessori assistants wanting to deepen their knowledge and skills
- Parents (and other family members)
- Professinals working with children (teachers, carers, nannies, social workers..)
- Anyone interested in Montessori (all adults interested in child development or considering a career in Montessori)
Learning outcomes and key benefits
Students of this course will learn how to support and help the classroom teacher maintain equilibrium within the class, how to observe, when and how to intervene but not interfere. They will gain knowledge of Montessori's understanding of development of independence and acquire the ability to support the development of the child by assisting the teacher.
All students of the course will have the opportunity to learn from very experienced AMI Training Directresses Kyla Morenz & Carla Foster, study alongside colleagues from all over the world, engage in lively discussions, share their experience with others as well as gain new perspective themselves. All successful course graduates also receive worldwide recognized international certificate from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).
What is the role of an assistant in the classroom?
The intention of the international AMI Orientation Certificate Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori Elementary Community.
In a Montessori classroom, the assistant supports the lead teacher and helps him/her create and retain balance. The assistant observes children and knows when to intervene and when to withhold from helping. He/she knows how to support children in developing independence and has a deep understanding of Montessori's approach to freedom and discipline. The assistant is a great supporter for the lead teacher and for the child.
- 1Introduction to Montessori
- 2Introduction to Montessori's theory of human development
- 3The prepared environment for the second plane
- 4The plan for the elementary child
- 5Freedom and responsibility
- 6Interacting with the elementary child
What is AMI certification?
Association Montessori International (AMI) is a worldwide leading authority on Montessori education. Maria Montessori founded the association herself to further her work and AMI certified courses are hence known for their high quality and integrity with Montessori's work. They are respected and acknowledged worldwide and some schools accept teachers only with AMI certified education. Montessori Institute Prague is the only AMI certified training center in the Czech Republic.
What certificate will I receive?
Participants who successfully complete the requirements for certification will earn the worldwide recognized AMI 6-12 Orientation Course Certificate.
(optional) Onsite Module
Students have the opportunity to extend the course and attend the onsite module taking place in the training center in Prague. They will get to practice working with Montessori materials under the guidance of both Kyla and Carla.
All students who take this additional module and fulfill the requirements for certification will be awarded with AMI 6-12 Assistant Course Certificate.
Requirements for certification
- Three essaysSubmission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.
- Observation9 hours of observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course ends.
- Reports and NotesSubmission of observation notes and observation report.
- AttendanceMinimum of 90% live attendance.
- Overall satisfactory participation in the courseAs 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.
ONLINE FORMAT & LANGUAGE
Live sessions on Zoom
The whole course is given in English. It is also being simultaneously interpreted into Czech and Bulgarian. All course work including written assignments can be done in English, Czech, Slovak. It is a prerequisite to have at least a B2 level (verbal and written) command of one of the languages.
Module 3 of the course takes place in the training center in Prague where students come in person to take the last three days of the course and also meet in person both trainers.
Students organise their accommodation and travelling arrangmentes themselves. Should there be need of help, we will gladly advise about convenient accommodation options, transportation in Prague and other practical aspects of the stay.
Students are recommended to read the following literature.
- To Educate the Human PotentialSelected chapters; Maria Montessori
- The Formation of ManSelected chapters; Maria Montessori
- Education and PeaceSelected chapters; Maria Montessori
- Other readingsmay be recommended
Kyla Morenz is an AMI Elementary Trainer from Toronto, Canada. 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. Kyla is also currently part of the expert team in Bilingual Montessori Erasmus project run by Montessori Institute Prague.
Carla Foster is an AMI Elementary Trainer oroginally from California but has been living in Norway since 1995. Carla has AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas from MMI in London and the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. She has worked with children at levels 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12, working in both private and public Montessori schools. She has been an elementary trainer since 2011.
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