What a fantastic start to summer we have had at Weinacker’s! If you keep up with us on FaceBook or Twitter you may have noticed some of our recent posts about all the training our teachers have been experiencing. Speaking from personal experience, it has been incredible. I started the AMS Infant / Toddler training June 3 of this month and it has been everything I thought it would be and so much more.
Not only are we learning about the fundamentals of the Montessori approach, we will take a closer look into the prominent research that still influences our methods today. For instance, Jean Piaget who introduced the four stages of cognitive development, which helps us better understand the order and pace of which children develop cognitive abilities. Lev Vygotsky, who studied the zone of proximal development, and Albert Bandura who focused his studies on figuring out how children discovered through social interactions. These theorists have helped educators grasp a better understanding of the developmental process.
Studying the theorists is very important, but equally beneficial is the simple tool of observation. Watching children in their natural environment helps us understand how the child behaves individually, behaves socially, struggles with learning, and exceeds with learning. As educators, we constantly need to adjust our practice to better cater to the children’s needs and observation helps us be flexible with our intervention. Last week we had the opportunity to observe different Montessori environments. This gave us a chance to take what we have been learning in our training and apply it to everyday experience. We continue to see and understand that we are learning to educate the whole child!
The AMS Infant/Toddler training is the first step of the journey to becoming a Montessori teacher and is such a helpful part of my professional development. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for me in this process.