Montessori Teacher Training: A Study of One’s Self

The real preparation for education is a study of one’s self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character, it is a preparation of the spirit. (Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)

On the path to becoming a Montessori teacher, many have come across this powerful quote by Maria Montessori. Montessori Teacher TrainingThough rich with meaning and motivation, the quote can also be perplexing. What is the importance of this spiritual preparedness? Is the study of one’s self really such a key part of training to be a Montessori teacher?

The answer is a resounding “yes!” (Or at least it should be.) A truly authentic Montessori Teacher Training program will have a strong emphasis on the spiritual preparation of teachers-to-be.

“Good, quality Montessori training is a very deep study of childhood development; it is a spiritual transformation; it is an analysis of everything it takes to help the child.”~Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed., Founder, Program Director, Age of Montessori

153764785Maria Montessori emphasized the spiritual preparation of the teacher, even over the academic aspects of learning. She encouraged her teachers-in-training to recognize their own personal limitations, and to acknowledge any preconceived ideas about children. She explained that the all-important relationship between teacher and child hinges on the teacher’s inner-attitude and resulting outer-approach.

Students from Age of Montessori’s Early Childhood Certification Program are often amazed at their own mental and spiritual transformations. Revelation becomes a common theme as they fully realize that training to become a Montessori educator is much more than learning a teaching method. To truly study the mission of Montessori isthumb to embark upon a life-changing journey. The immense breadth and depth of Montessori’s wisdom is as applicable to adults as it is to children. Learning the Montessori method is really about learning to help life.

The whole concept of education changes. It becomes a matter of giving help to the child’s life, to the psychological development of man. No longer is it just an enforced task of retaining our words and ideas. This is the new path on which education has been put; to help the mind in its process of development, to aid its energies and strengthen its many powers. (Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)

A quality, authentic Montessori teacher training will offer an in-depth understanding of what Montessori really is. It is essential to understand not just the ideas, but the purpose behind the ideas. To hear real Montessori teacher training students discuss their insightful journey with Age of Montessori’s Early Childhood Certification Program, listen as they share their stories in AoM Live! 2015.   Montessori Teacher Training

Join Us for a Conversation between Teachers and Students from the Age of Montessori Early Childhood Certification Program.

Discovering the message behind the method.

Join us as the online students meet the faculty and each other face-to-face for the first time at the summer practicum. Listen to some great stories as they share and reflect on their experiences. See why they have such a profound commitment to educating children with the Montessori method today.

Presenters:
Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed. and Team, Age of Montessori

 

6 Responses to Montessori Teacher Training: A Study of One’s Self

  1. Kelly 2015/09/04 at 7:22 PM #

    SO TRUE!!! When I was in training, lightbulbs of understanding went off for me in math that I never concretely assimilated when I was in elementary school!!! Sounds crazy, but elementary training helped me gain my own confidence in math that I never had before. This in turn, I feel, helped me be a better math teacher because I know all too well what it feels like to be intimidated by math and pushed into abstraction well before you are ready. Training is so great!!

    • emilyj 2015/09/04 at 11:02 PM #

      Well said Kelly! And, actually, it doesn’t sound crazy to me at all.
      Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. Carolyn Lucento 2015/09/05 at 5:47 PM #

    Very important article. Taking the Montessori training is like going through a Buddhist meditation training weekend (only it lasts 3 years or more)… it helped me observe myself and then eventually make some important changes to adjust my teaching style to a more effective set of strategies. Thanks for a great reminder!

    • emilyj 2015/09/05 at 10:21 PM #

      And thank you Carolyn for sharing your experience!

  3. Vanessa 2015/09/18 at 1:19 AM #

    This is one reason I love Montessori education so much! I love that it is more than just a method, it is a way of life. 🙂 I’m so glad that we have dedicated Montessori educators who take this education to the spiritual level.

    • emilyj 2015/09/18 at 1:47 AM #

      Thanks Vanessa! And I love that there are people like you out there that understand the breadth and depth of Montessori’s wisdom!

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