Exploration and Self-Construction

It is well known that children learn best through experimental interaction with their environment – in other words, through exploration.  Yet for teachers, exploration is often uncomfortable, messy, and asks us to question what we see and understand.  It is much easier for us when children simply repeat what we have shown them, in a manner consistent with the presentation.  But is this exploration, or merely simple imitation?  Montessori tells us, “Our task is to show how an action is done and at the same time, destroy the possibility of imitation.” Why is this so important? What does this mean for our presentations, our expectations for the children’s activity, and how we guide self-construction?

During the Montessori Northwest Weekend Workshop, we will become explorers ourselves, as we unpack the power of exploration as a tool for self-construction. Looking at the entirety of our work through the lens of exploration, we will re-imagine how we inspire curiosity, cultivate excitement and joy in learning, and embrace the self-reflection and humility central to our work as “Guides."

When: Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11, 2015
Time: Fri. 6:00pm-8:30pm, Sat. 9:00am-4:00pm, Sun. 9:00am-11:00am
LocationMontessori Northwest
Presenter: Sarah Werner Andrews, Director of Primary Training, Montessori Northwest
Audience: This workshop is designed for any adult who works with children. This includes but is not limited to: teachers, after-school instructors, program administrators, nannies, and grandparents.
Cost: $325, $15 Lunch (optional)

For more details about this workshop and to register, click HERE.