Tell me about Montessori teaching

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  1. alifoo

    alifoo Rookie

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    Oct 16, 2012

    I went to school for education and worked in public middle schools for the past two years, and I'm really not sure I have an interest in staying involved in the public education system. The more I research Montessori education, the more I think I would like becoming involved with it. I have an appointment to go observe a Montessori school next week.
    How does one become certified to teach at a Montessori school?
    I would want to teach upper elementary or middle school. What does the Montessori concept look like at that age level? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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  3. tracykaliski

    tracykaliski Connoisseur

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    Oct 17, 2012

    Every school looks a little different, and it's good that you're going to observe in a Montessori school. I hope you love it! :)

    In order to teach at a Montessori school, you have to become certified by a Montessori training program. Some schools require a state teaching license in addition to the Montessori certification, but it sounds like you already have the state certification. Here in Cincinnati, there's a University that will allow you to get your masters in Montessori.

    I would look at the American Montessori Society's webpage. Here's a link to their page that talks about how to become a Montessori teacher:

    http://www.amshq.org/Teacher Resources/Become an AMS Montessori Teacher or Administrator.aspx

    I've been a Montessori teacher for 26 years now, working with 3-6 yr olds. I love it. I love what it did for my son, who's now in the 7th grade in a public school. As far as middle school training, I would look at this website:

    http://cmstep.com/

    It's a local training program that trains middle school teachers, or the 12-15 and possibly high school as well. I don't really know how high it goes, but i know they have a great training program.

    Good luck! I've always believed Montessori is much better in so many ways. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know!
     

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