Montessori guides – Professional development idea #1

Every caregiver working in the “childcare industry” needs annual training, as mandated by the state licensing which of course includes CPR/First-aid, Child abuse training, Food handling certification etc.

In addition to the above topics, training is required in some specific areas like child growth/ development, guidance/discipline, age -appropriate curriculum, teacher-child interaction etc.

Of course, most schools may provide in-house training to cover the above topics, but the ultimate responsibility to obtain the necessary training hours will be on the individual “teacher”.

Be on the lookout for workshops in your area, read Montessori books and ask your Director if you can write a summary on topics like Circle time, Sensitive periods, Montessori pedagogy etc. to obtain some training hours, go online and seek out training courses/webinars to get hours.

One such resource that is recognized by the state and has some good topics for training, is the one offered by Texas A & M AgriLife Extension. Most of the courses are free, while some charge a nominal fee for the certificate.

Check it out at : Texas A & M AgriLife Extension

 

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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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