Nov. 13, 2010 Workshop a Moving Success
On Nov. 13, 80 area teachers and assistants met at WMI for the first workshop in this Professional Development series. Janet McDonell, director of primary training ,and Jennifer Shields, primary trainer, led the group in a day of exploration and movement. The teachers and assistants worked together on how movement plays an integral role in the learning of young children. Janet reviewed the practical considerations of the exercises of walking on the line; each participant practiced the various stages of the child’s work with this important exercise. “Making an ellipse” was an inspiration to take back to each Montessori classroom.
Jennifer Shields helped the teachers and assistants look at different aspects of movement in the everyday life of the class. Grace and courtesy lessons and sensorial games are important ways that movement comes to life in the primary classroom. Fingerplays, clapping games and songs and poems with movements are enjoyable ways that adults and children can move and be together.
Teachers and assistants reported that these presentations were very informative and will be useful in their work with children. Many plan to return to WMI for the next workshop presentation, Observation and Recordkeeping, on January 15, 2011.