montessori integrative learning

Integrative Learning Seminars

The core material and course work is presented through a series of on-line seminars where students and faculty post responses to an assigned reading (or viewing). Subsequent to the initial posting, participants comment and weave responses, searching for new insights. Quite often the authors of the required books and/or experienced scholars are available during the on-line dialogue.

The integrative seminars and course work are divided into three sections.

The Context

This includes readings from a variety of sources that set the context for a deeper understanding of the Montessori approach – science, cultural anthropology, cosmology, qualitative research, cultural history, social science and social transformation.

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Montessori Theory

In these segments Maria and Mario Montessori’s world-view is explored, including the major influences in their lives. “Love, Science and Spirituality” are the words Mario used to describe the approach.

With these keystones the course of study explores the role of observation, the formation of the teacher, sensitive periods, human needs and tendencies, the four planes of development and the prepared environment. The prepared environment addresses the creation of the inside and outside physical environment as well as the classroom “atmosphere.” Also included are the ways that adults and children work together.

Experiential Learning (Practicum)

The nature of the practicum is based on the option you have chosen.

Emphasis Area students take their new knowledge and apply it in a real setting.

The teaching practicum for students enrolled in the Montessori Teacher Preparation option involves presenting lessons across all areas of study and reflecting upon what was learned from this experience. Students also explore the process of creating Montessori lessons that respond to the needs of the child. Cosmic stories form the foundation for of this work.

All students are required to complete a 150 hour experiential learning component.

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