Subscriptions in this category are provided by respected speakers who support Montessori education. While these materials often align with our standards of best Montessori practice, some portions and details may differ from the official CGMS training principles.
How can we make distance learning work for our Montessori schools? What are the best practices? CGMS offers free webinars to assist teachers as they prepare for the possibility of returning to distance learning whether on a consistent or intermittent basis. Topics span Infant-Toddler through Elementary.
Best Practices for Teaching and Reaching with Remote Learning with Christine Lowry, M.Ed., and associated, downloadable resource list
Infants and Toddlers in the Time of Covid with Kathy Leitch and Terri Sherril
Creating Weekly Activity Plans with Natalie Carver, and associated downloadable templates
Get Connected with Shelby Hiken and associated downloadable resources
Creating Montessori Material Kits for Distance Learning with Alison Plihal, and downloadable questions and answers
Using and Developing Your Google Classroom with Kim Delaney, and associated, downloadable resource packet
Using Zoom and Creating Collaboration with Alison Pilhal, and downloadable questions and answers
Using Zoom and Google Classroom for e-learning and Building Community with Greg Hicks, and downloadable questions and answers
Screens and Shelves: The Website as the Prepared Environment with Bill Alsdurf Jr., M. Ed., and downloadable questions and answers
Fall Scenarios: Approaches to Distance Learning in Montessori with Jorge Haro, associated, downloadable presentation and questions and answers
Using Zoom and Google Classroom
The Website as Prepared Environment
Building Community in a Virtual Learning Environment
You will explore your definition of "Spirit" and how your connection to "the teacher within" prepares you for your work as a teacher. You will personally connect to Spirit more deeply and consistently. Insights, Aha!s, epiphanies, creativity and genius become more frequent as wisdom, truth and guidance flow from the right brain with the help of a stronger superhighway between the left and right brain via the callus callosum. The six-step process of how Aha!s are attained will be integrated into your experience, changing your life not only in the arena of your teaching, but with a holistic process incorporated into every aspect of life. The six-step process will then be integrated into your classroom as you observe your students experiencing Aha!s, changing not only their learning capabilities, but infusing the experience into their being for positive change in their lives.
This two-session webinar will examine both the basics of the early childhood Language Arts Curriculum and some twists and tricks to keep your classroom alive and interesting as the year progresses. Although we know that many children need a solid sequential progression of skills, how do we decide when to add in steps, skip steps, and review to meet the particular needs of our learners? This workshop will look at the curriculum and search for ways to entice children with variations and extensions when appropriate, provide group practice, individual challenges as well as striving to create a classroom culture that encourages and supports “big” works for children to aspire to within the three-year cycle. From the pre-reading exercises through writing with the Movable Alphabet and a pencil all the way to Nomenclature Cards and Grammar, this workshop has something for everyone, including lower elementary guides, addressing young first years and emergent readers.
Too many lessons? Too much work to check? Too many tests to administer? For so many Montessorians, the passion and excitement felt at certification, has waned under the stress and overwhelm of those giant albums, the mandated assessments, remote learning, and children who are stressed and missing the normalcy of the classroom. Deciding where to put your energies, while striving to meet all the different expectations can be a real enthusiasm-killer! But it doesn’t have to be like that!
In this 3-hour workshop, Claudia Mann will share strategies she has used to overcome the overwhelm and find the joy you sense is possible but haven’t been able to achieve or maintain. We’ll identify your areas of greatest concern, use a system for teasing out the most important expectations, practice a system for planning and decision-making, and help you create your manageable prepared environment for successful, peaceful, and joy-filled days.
It was Plato who said, "Geometry is the experience of the eternally existent....The study of the One is among those that lead the mind on and turns it to the vision of reality." This is the basis for the sacred work of geometry. It offers us and the child a spiritual exploration through the physical means of the geometric work. Sacred geometry work can foster wonder, keen observation and a holistic appreciation of the universe and environment we live in. It is through this work of self-discovery that Maria Montessori's vision of peace can begin to manifest as a reality of our world.
In this two-part workshop, we will explore the fascinating and awe-inspiring practice of sacred geometry. We will explore the story and history of sacred geometry and learn how to utilize the compass and straight-edge to create inspiring geometric works. We will also discuss how this practice implements and integrates into the elementary Montessori classroom and will have ample opportunity for discussion and questions on this topic. Please join me for this fun and exciting journey into sacred geometry
One of the few positive side effects of trying to conduct an authentic Montessori program in the midst of a pandemic has been that we had been forced to re-think the nature of the prepared environment, our instructional practices, and our relations and communications with students, fellow staff, and parents. Perhaps it is an ideal time to take a fresh look at some of our long-standing assumptions – about the use of technology, parent engagement, the classroom teaching team, learning different children, and many more. In this webinar created and conducted by Jonathan Wolff, we will discuss Montessori practices we need to reaffirm and retain, those that may need some alteration or updating, and those we may wish to delete from our classroom communities. This will be a highly interactive session, in which you will have an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions about your program and practices.
Responding to the developmental needs of the adolescent in the classroom and at home
Choices and differentiation
The Prepared Environment
How Montessori communities become more cohesive and resilient through thankfulness. Facilitated by Jon Wolff and Kitty Bravo. This two-part webinar presents a variety of personal and group practices of gratitude that can transform anxiety, despair, and negativity into hope, collaboration, and creativity. In stressful situations the human brain tends to focus first on what is painful and problematic. This is a natural and self-protective response, as safety and survival always come first. But if a Montessori community becomes too problem-oriented, too mindful of “what’s not working,” people begin to lose sight of what is working, what is valued, and who is making key contributions to the lives and learning of children, families, and staff. Practicing an inner daily discipline of gratitude, accompanied by outer expressions of appreciation – especially in times like these – can help create a community-strengthening atmosphere.
Facilitated by Natalie Carver. For Early Childhood and Lower Elementary teachers. There is a lot we cannot control in our world right now, but preparing our environments for our children and leaning heavily on our Montessori roots can be a game changer - providing us with a sense of normality and routine among the challenges we are facing currently. We will look at a number of practical life topics over two evening meeting and focus on processes such as how to incorporate safe practices at home and in school, how and what grace and courtesy activities can provide structure and emotional stamina, and use of Care of Self and Care of Environment to protect and strengthen children during this pandemic. This Webinar will focus on Early Childhood and Lower Elementary aged children.
Facilitated by Angela Minahan. Standardized testing is a requirement most public Montessori students are tasked with during their 3rd through 6th grade years and beyond. As Montessori teachers how do we prepare our students for test questions that may be unfamiliar, testing language and comprehension essay writing? Join me for exploring standardized test formats, key test vocabulary and strategies to build stamina and confidence for state tests.
Facilitated by Julie Cash. This two session webinar will introduce you to Writer’s Workshop for the elementary multiage Montessori classroom. Including not only theoretical ideas, but many practical suggestions and examples, you will come away with a solid understanding of the whats, whys, and how’s of this approach to developing a community of writers. We will discuss definitions, goals, tools, and look at examples of children’s writing and videos of Writer’s Workshop in action. While implementing Writer’s Workshop in the multi-age classroom is typically not addressed by the experts, it can be adapted, and (as we know) will actually benefit from the interactions between a wide range of writers. Motivated, invested and joyful writers will flourish in your classroom!