March 27th and 28th 2020 the annual gathering of Montessorians from Quebec and elsewhere!
In 2020, our conference will be even more thrilling since Joseph Aken, an international lecturer and writer who has worked in Austin Montessori School will be with us. Anne Catherine McConnell, Laurence Randoux and many other outstanding speakers will also be in Quebec for you!
Mark your calendars and agendas:
FRIDAY with Joseph Aken: his workshops are in English! Others will be available only in French.
Reduced price registration for early birds, in November, with payment by credit card
Joseph Aken - English (French translation available)
Joseph Aken is an AMI elementary trained Montessorian who works at Alcuin School in Dallas, Texas. Before guiding an elementary classroom community, he spent years assisting at various planes of development and leading multiple programs in AMI Montessori schools. From 2007 to 2014 Mr. Aken served at Austin Montessori School as an elementary guide. From 2014 to 2018, as the coordinator of the elementary program, Mr. Aken collaborated with and provided pedagogical guidance to Austin Montessori School’s five elementary guides and their assistants in support of 130, 6-12 year old children. Joseph received his Montessori Elementary diploma from the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee in Wisconsin, USA.
Joseph was introduced to Montessori by his parents who provided both him and his sister with a Montessori education from the age of 18 months until their 14th year.
He has had the privilege to collaborate and present on self-managing communities, both in the United States and abroad in Paris, Geneva, and Vienna with Donna Bryant Goertz, school founder, author of Children Who Are Not Yet Peaceful, and international presenter. Ms. Goertz and Mr. Aken developed the week-long seminar presentation from documents and photographs of the classroom community he led for eight years.
As a presenter, Mr. Aken is dynamic and deep, charming and compelling, and always both philosophical and eminently practical. He has a most natural flair rooted in the depth and breadth of Montessori philosophy, psychology, and methodology.
Description of Key Note:
From Grace and Courtesy to Civility and Good Manners
We elementary guides stand upon the strong shoulders of our peers, the Children’s house guides, and their work with the children of the first plane (3-6). As elementary guides working with children of the second plane (6-12), we familiarize ourselves with the grace and courtesy of children’s house so we can tailor those practices to the practices and activities of the elementary level but also add civility and good manners specific to the elementary community and the complex and collaborative projects of the second plane child. We will explore how grace and courtesy, and civility and manners, support Montessori’s vision and allows real and extended work to flourish.
Descriptions of Workshops:
The philosophy of self-managing community is one which manages the fullness of elementary life – physical, temporal, dynamic, social, and emotional.
During this workshop we will explore, through supporting photos and documents, ways to provide the children and community with maximum independence and responsibility in order to release their energies for spontaneous activity and fullest engagement in purposeful, intelligent, and creative work.
Self-Managing Community: Dynamic and Social Environment
The details of how to bring the children to maximum effort in their chosen work, shown through supporting photos and documents of the steps for giving them greater responsibility, independence and self-management of themselves and their community, through communal tasks of daily living that fit their needs according to their Second Plane characteristics, and both mirror and reflect the Cosmic Tasks they are exploring through the Cosmic Curriculum.
The details of how to bring the children to persevere with great effort in their chosen work, shown through supporting photos and documents of the steps for giving them greater responsibility, independence and self-management in organizing and carrying out the complex and extended collaborative projects of Big Work and Going Out that suit the characteristics and meet the needs of the Second Plane child. We will look at the opportunities in the daily life of the community that fosters writing, drawing, constructions, and collaboration; and the artistry, philosophy and practicality of Big Work in the elementary.
Other presenters (in French):
Laurence Randoux - French only
Montessori educator for over 25 years, Laurence is now directress of a Montessori school in Belgium. She has been training Montessori 0-3 educators for almost 15 years. In March 2020,she will be there with us in Quebec for workshops which could not be more practical!
Anne Catherine McConnell - French only
After her first studies in education, Anne Catherine is quickly seduced by the Montessori approach (multi-age groups, interdisciplinarity, ...) and follows this passion since then. In addition to her actual studies and research, she has not neglected practical interventions in a classroom and supervision allows her today to keep in touch with the reality of teachers beyond the walls of Sherbrooke University, where she has been teaching since the beginning of the 21st century!
Anick Pelletier - French only
Anick Pelletier has been working with children with special needs since 2003. Speaker and trainer for more than a decade, she is also the author of Guide des jeux de société pour apprendre en s'amusant. Since she started her interventions in the field of education, Anick has developed specific techniques with board games and uses them as her main tool of intervention.?