Adult Montessorians also need inspiration and support! JOIN the MELF Teacher Training mentorship programme for an inspirational experience for yourself and your team WHY MENTORSHIP? At the Montessori Early Learning Foundation, we are committed to good quality, authentic Montessori education. The preparation of a Guide is paramount to the overall success of a school’s culture. Properly guided and inspired staff leads to more effective teaching and learning environments. The new teacher/guide is embarking on step one of the 3 period lesson. Initial certification is just the beginning of her teaching experience. It provides a philosophical and practical platform from which Guides will continue to develop. The Montessori Method requires a teacher to be able to “follow the child”, or in other words, observe the child; understand their developmental needs and respond appropriately. Without actual children to practice on in the training, and since each child is different, the best way to do this well, is through experience of working with children. Like any other skill, this takes time and practice.
Mentorship is a way of renewing enthusiasm and appreciation for the Montessori approach. She needs guidance and support to continue to develop. Through our mentoring programmes, we provide the much needed support for Montessori Guides, regardless of where they are in their Montessori journey (be it those beginning their exploration of Montessori or those looking to enhance and deepen their existing knowledge, understanding and practice). The nature of our work in Montessori communities bring with it new experiences and opportunities to learn from and grow on a daily basis. We understand that every situation is unique and therefore tailor our mentoring services to the specific needs and attentions of each individual or school that we mentor and support.
MELF Teacher Training can help you optimize all of the resources and support systems within your school culture, by creating a partnership with you that is unique, transparent and tailored to your specific needs.
What we offer: from under R2000 per month. OUR WHOLE SCHOOL FOCUS INCLUDES:
Individual Observation and guidance in the Montessori Environment
The Montessori Environment - The Montessori classroom design and aesthetics
Classroom practice and management
Whole school involvement
Parent - Teacher conferences
Mentoring a Montessori school involves interviews, observations, workshops and role modeling all staff towards a common goal.
For those schools wanting once off support and assistance, our mentoring services may also include but are not limited to:
Workshops for professional development
Visits to classrooms or schools to observe, mentor and support
Tutoring with observation and record-keeping skills and systems
Classroom Management support
Support with parent communication and conferences
Assistance and guidance with Montessori classroom designs
Talks/workshops (for parents, staff or management).