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Barrie's leadership role in training Montessori educators is most visible in the summer, when seventy students and teacher-educators spend up to nine weeks on campus. The Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies (IAMS) is a year-round enterprise, however, as student carry out extended practica and attend mid-year sessions. Most recently, the Early Childhood students spent a week on campus, enjoying this extremely rare February weather. When classes ended in August, these adult learners spread to various areas around the country and the globe to begin the practicum phase of the training. They returned back to Barrie for their mid-year session, learning from each other’s experiences and sharing the wealth of knowledge they have already gained this year.
Congratulations to Hilary Green, Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies at Barrie School, whose article "Mentoring the Montessori Way" was featured in the January edition of Washington Family Magazine!
As Dr. Montessori said in The Absorbent Mind, “We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” The child learns from the adult and the adult learns from the child. This dedication to life-long learning begins with recognizing that teaching is a “becoming process” and that we are always growing and learning.
Hilary Green, Director of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies at Barrie, was recently elected by her peers in the American Montessori Society (AMS) to serve as Vice Chair of their Teacher Education Committee (TEC) at the AMS teacher education meeting in Chicago. “I am really excited to take on this position as it will allow to me to continue to connect with Montessori teacher education programs throughout the world and be involved with the decisions being made as far as best practices in Montessori teacher education for the 21st century,” says Hilary, who is entering her 14th year at Barrie.
Hilary also points out a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, which highlights a few Montessori students who went on to be the pioneers of a generation: “Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, videogame pioneer Will Wright, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, not to mention Julia Child and rapper Sean “P.Diddy” Combs.”
Please read on for more information about Hilary’s work with AMS, or click on the link above for the story.
Students of the Class of 2010 have recently completed the mid-year sessions of the Montessori training at the Institute. Some highlights of the sessions include:
• Elementary students, under the guidance of Upper Elementary teacher Judy Yormick, traveled to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum to observe exhibits connected to the Early Humans component of the training.
• Students at all levels were able to work in our Montessori classrooms, using the spaces for oral exam presentations.
• Elementary students and teachers from Barrie and other schools had the opportunity to attend a workshop presented by Jennifer Morgan, an author, storyteller, and speaker who presents workshops on storytelling and the Great Lessons.
• Early Childhood students completed their mid-year session last week, having classes in the Wat Thai.
• Early Childhood and Elementary students had the chance to observe the Barrie Lower School classes in action.
• All students enjoyed being back on campus and seeing the great work being done throughout the school year.
These students will return to campus in June to complete their training and earn the Montessori credential from the American Montessori Society. At the same time, the new students of the Class of 2011 will begin their Montessori journey in June.
If you are interested in learning more about the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, please join us this Saturday, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM for our open house. You can find the Institute in the Upper Elementary/Montessori Institute building located on the lower campus. If you are not able to attend the open house but would like to learn about the program, please call Hilary Green, program director, at 301-576-2866.
The Institute had another great summer session and is working on plans for the 2011 session. Read about our 30th anniversary celebration and other exciting happenings of the program!
Barrie School, Camp and Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies alumni gathered for a reunion picnic.
On January 23, 2010 Barrie School and The Evergreen School hosted Trevor Eissler, parent, pilot, and author of, Montessori Madness! A Parent’s Argument for Montessori Education, who exalted Montessori education and made correlations between aviation guidelines and Montessori teaching and learning principals.
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