As we enter into a new year, the MWTTP 2014-15 student cohort is happily ensconced in the warmth and activity of their respective student teaching assignments. Each classroom is filled with students of diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and capabilities. Our job—to create an individualized learning experience for each child which will tap into his or her strengths and interests, while down-playing any difficulties which may be present. While this awesome task is challenging, we know that with dedication and hard work on the teacher’s part, success is possible.
Within a traditional system of education, children are placed into a grade level according to chronological age. In these traditional classrooms, the child (a passive recipient) is taken through a pre-determined curriculum without much consideration for readiness or foundational learning. It is true that some children come out of this experience unscathed, however many will feel the pressure to learn more and more, earlier and earlier. And then there are those who will ultimately experience the negative effects of failure, perhaps setting up a life-long pattern. Now take a minute to think about the potential difference in the development of positive self-esteem and self-worth in the child who has had the opportunity to learn within a system which views each unique life as special and respects the developmental sequence within each as a timetable of readiness for specific learning. Within the Montessori system of education, children are viewed as active participants in the learning experience—collaborators! Here the child develops independence, responsibility, self-discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and most importantly, a love of learning!
Come join us for the 2015-16 MWTTP course cycle, and learn how the Montessori teacher creates the context for learning these essential skills. Now accepting applications.