Dec 03, 2023
ECED 297 - Montessori Intensive Credits: 6
An intensive overview of the Montessori Method of Education that includes a synopsis of the entire Montessori curriculum for children ages 3-6 years. Through online study, video-viewing, field trips, and four full days of face to face instruction, students will be introduced into both the theory and practice of the system. Course is appropriate for those who are either new or experienced to the study of Montessori.
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Discuss the main tenets of the Montessori Method of Education.
- Use a variety of resources to plan appropriate curriculum.
- Create curriculum which supports the areas of practical life, sensory, mathematics, language, music, art and cultural subjects.
- Plan developmentally appropriate activities and schedules which promote child growth and learning in the Montessori environment.
- Observe and evaluate the Montessori environment.
- Determine the qualities and attributes of a high-performance Montessori assistant.
- 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.
- Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.
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