Dec 06, 2023
ECED 211 - Introduction to Montessori Credits: 5
Introduces the Montessori philosophy and method focusing on the 3-6 year old child. Presents practical life and sensorial exercises along with a general overview of Montessori subjects. Uses a contemporary approach to the method with added emphasis on cultural relevancy and anti-bias curriculum practices.
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Discuss the general philosophy of the Montessori Method and its controversies.
- Identify the main tenets of the philosophy and method as presented by Maria Montessori.
- Identify practical applications of the Montessori theory.
- Demonstrate lessons in the care of one’s self, care of the environment, grace, and courtesy.
- Prepare practical life materials and areas for the 3-6 year old classroom that are culturally relevant and unbiased.
- Prepare sensory materials and areas the 3-6 year old classroom that are culturally relevant and unbiased.
- Define the areas of learning in the classroom.
- Discuss the developmental approach to the Montessori method.
- Review various forms of recording and systems for collecting data on child behavior based on the Montessori method.
- Plan and implement lessons and practices based on the observation of each child.
- Use developmental milestones and observations of children’s behavior as a foundation for planning appropriate activities.
- Advocate for strategies that promote the cultural diversity of children, families and their communities.
- Demonstrate effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication
- Discuss current issues and trends in early childhood education.
- Identify typical and atypical growth and development (cognitive, linguistic, motor, and social).
- Positively support children’s whole development.
- Display a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the job
- Develop rapport and contribute to the work environment as a member of the instructional team.
- Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct
- Comply with laws (such as IDEA, Section 504, ADA), workplace policies, and procedures in relation to confidentiality, reporting of abuse, discipline, chain of command and delegation and supervision.
- Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
- Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
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