6-12 Orientation

CERTIFICATE COURSE

Kyla Morenz & Carla Foster, AMI TRAINERS
3 Modules, starting April 21
FULLY ONLINE

ENROLLMENT CRITERIA:

  • 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)

SCHEDULE

Orientation meeting
April 21
2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CEST (GMT+2)
Online on Zoom
Obligatory for all students
MODULE 1
April 24-27
2023
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CEST (GMT+2)
Online on Zoom
90% attendance
MODULE 2
May 1-4
2023
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CEST (GMT+2)
Online on Zoom
90% attendance
MODULE 3
June 5-6
2023
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CEST (GMT+2)
Online on Zoom
90% attendance

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.

Course Content

  • 1
    Introduction to Montessori
  • 2
    Introduction to Montessori's theory of human development
  • 3
    The prepared environment for the second plane
  • 4
    The plan for the elementary child
  • 5
    Freedom and responsibility
  • 6
    Interacting with the elementary child

60 hours

of live lectures and guidance of both Kyla & Carla, self-study, reading and essay writing

3 essays

on given topics

9 hours

of obligatory observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course

Observation Notes

Submitting your notes from observation

AMI certification

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 essays
    Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.
  • Observation
    9 hours of observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course ends.
  • Reports and Notes
    Submission of observation notes and observation report.
  • Attendance
    Minimum of 90% live 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.

ONLINE FORMAT & LANGUAGE

Live sessions on Zoom

in form of LECTURES with occasional discussions and work in small groups. Taking notes is highly recommended.

Schoology platform

is used for all communication assignment submission. It is very user-friendly and helps us stay structured.

Technical support

is available before, during and after the course.

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

Training Center

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.

Recommended literature

Students are recommended to read the following literature. 

  • To Educate the Human Potential
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • Education and Peace
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • Other readings
    may 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.

REGISTRATION

STANDARD
800 EUR
per person
Register for a standard price
Not available yet
Available until April 7, 2023
LAST CALL
850 EUR
per person
Last chance to join the course
Not available yet
Available until April 21, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the sessions be recorded?

No. Students are required to be present during 90% of lectures to fulfill their attendance requirement. All lectures are live presentations by the Trainer. There will be no lecture recordings.

How will the course be held?

The course is broadcasted live on ZOOM. It is necessary to download Zoom application to your computer in order to join the course. There will be lectures, discussions, practice sessions, and group work done in Breakout Rooms. Students will receive technical support before the course to learn how to use Zoom effectively.

What happens if I have some sudden problems with the internet?

We kindly ask you to check the quality of your internet connection in advance. Ideally, use cable connection. Good internet connection is a prerequisite for taking the course. If you have a one time sudden fluctuation of your signal, leave the Zoom meeting and come back. If your connection problems are repeating, you will be asked to leave the course. There is a 90% attendance requirement, which is valid for all the students. Students who can not attend 90% of the course are not eligible to receive the certificate.

How do you arrange interpretation to other languages?

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.

What does 90% of attendance mean?

The 90% attendance means that you must be present at minimum 90% of the course with your camera ON (for online students) or that you need to spend the minimum of 90% of all live lectures at the sessions in person. This is a requirement of the course. You must attend Day 1 of the course. Missing Day 1 of the course will result in termination of your studies in the course.

Where will we find our assignments 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.

In what time zone is the course schedule?

The course is scheduled in CEST (Central European Summer Time), or in other words - in Prague Time. In case you are located in a different time zone, please carefully check the time difference and make an informed decision if the course time fits you. We will be happy if you join us wherever you are, but it is your responsibility to be present during all times of the course.

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 course ranges between 750-850 EUR depending on the timeliness of your registration (the earlier you make the registration, the cheaper the price). No other discounts apply to this course. For more information write to invoices@amiprague.cz.

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.

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