Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Monday, 3 November 2014
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
The Geometric Board. This is a lovely piece of equipment. I have been using a home made version for some time and I have made paper templates, which fit to the circle. These are also marked with fractions and degrees. There are many other exercises one can do with other templates, which I will be uploading to Slideshare and demonstrating on Montessori TV. If you would like to purchase a board visit Tower High Learning Visit Montessori Centre Wales to view our presentations
Monday, 6 October 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014
Monday, 21 July 2014
Saturday, 5 July 2014
Friday, 13 June 2014
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Huw Lewis the education minister for Wales states that there are some fantastic professionals teaching in Wales but they are far too few. He also says that there are far too many people used to a way of working that assumes the world stands still. It really is difficult to see how he can drive up standards when there is an institutionalised fear of change. Surely all the evidence points to the source. Teacher training programmes must include an option for trainees to choose and follow the pedagogy of their choice and have experts on hand to deliver that training in that method. Students pay a lot of money for their training and it must be quite a shock to hear that after all that hard work and financial commitment that they are failing. If it were any other business service they would go and ask for their money back.
So what systems, what pedagogical approaches are the leading nations using. Incidentally, these nations are referred to as developing while Wales is considered developed.
China is looking towards Montessori as their main pedagogy Montessori In China
Constructivism and social constructivism (n=40 and 20 respectively) were the most frequently referred to theories. In some cases this reference outlined the approach underpinning the intervention itself. Examples included studies which explicitly drew on social constructivism to examine strategies for teaching argumentation in science teaching in South Africa (Braund et al., 2013), research which tied support and guidance for teachers in INSET to a Vygotskian social constructivist approach to adult learning in Namibia (O’Sullivan, 2001b) and donor-supported reforms encouraging active-learning pedagogies based on constructivist notions of teaching and learning in Nicaragua (Sanyal, 2009). However, in many other cases, references to these terms framed the theoretical orientation of the study rather than any actual initiative.
Source: Pedagogy, Curriculum, Teaching Practices and Teacher Education in Developing Countries, December 2013
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Had a great meeting today with the heads of two Montessori establishments in Wales. It coincided with a visit to Redhill Preparatory School to present two members of staff with their teacher's certificates. Congratulations to Laura and Emily picture here receiving their certificates from one of the children.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Another evening of writing the new book. I am reading through Dottoressa Montessori's works and processing the key components while translating them for a modern audience. It is a joy to rediscover this wonderful pedagogy and philosophy. I am looking for a publisher.
These are our courses running in 2014. If you would like to book a place on any of the courses please contact us on 01269 269459
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I have started work on my new book 'Create Your Own Montessori Classroom. The book will provide valuable information on how you can create your own Montessori classroom anywhere using free and found materials. It is a template for everything you need to create a classroom at home or within a space in your nursery, school, college, hospital or wherever you would like it to be. To follow progress visit www.facebook.com/montessoricentrewales