You might be thinking: if a Montessori education is founded on the idea of child-led learning, then why do Montessori teachers need so much training?
That child-led learning is not a free-for-all; it is based on a deep understanding of the complex physical, social, emotional and personal development of children and the knowledge and skills that are important to foster during the toddler years.
Our commitment to education extends beyond educating the children of White Bear Montessori School. We believe that Montessori teachers need a strong foundation of knowledge and training, too.
Here’s what that training looks like for Montessori guides at WBMS through the years.
Initial Toddler Montessori Training
For teachers (or, in Montessori lingo, guides) in the WBMS Toddler classroom, this means that their traditional bachelor’s degree must be supplemented by formal Montessori training from the Association Montessori International (AMI). Their AMI training focuses on Montessori pedagogy as it relates to the first three years of life, including topics in:
- Development of movement, language, music, art and spiritual life
Every guide is taught the same curriculum, providing consistency amongst AMI-trained guides worldwide.
During this year of training, guides complete more than 350 hours of observation and student teaching time. This hands-on learning is supported by intensive instruction and lectures, during which they take notes. The guides-in-training use their notes and the material presented to them to write their own presentation of those topics. In order to graduate from Montessori training, they need to present the content they’ve written during a formal oral examination. The material from this presentation isn’t just for the exam, though—it becomes the foundation of what the guide teaches in her own classroom.
WBMS Toddler guides Laurie and Traci have seven three-inch binders from their AMI training that they continue to use every day.
Continued Education & Training
All guides have to meet annual hourly training requirements set by the state, but at WBMS, they often obtain twice as many training hours as required by the state
We believe in education, and know that continued support of our guides’ development and training will further support the children and families of WBMS.
Want to become a part of this amazing community of learning? Find out more about the Toddler classroom at White Bear Montessori School by starting a conversation with our Head of School.