Montessori School of Camden Hosts IGS Training

Montessori School of Camden Hosts IGS Training

SUBJECT:  Press Release – Montessori Teacher Preparation Course DATE:  June 17th 2014 How lovely it would be if Montessori teachers grew on trees! Mostly, they don’t; they work for one to three years of concentrated study and a year-long internship in order to grasp the fundamentals of demonstration of lessons and classroom management necessary to create the very special environment required for a Montessori education. This summer seven people from across the Carolinas gathered in Camden, SC to take the first step to become Montessori guides. The Institute for Guided Studies (IGS), the oldest Montessori teacher preparation program in the state, organized the week of training at The Montessori School of Camden (MSC), where the main office of IGS is located. The course, titled “Foundations of Montessori Philosophy and Educational Theory for the Early Childhood Guide” serves as the introduction to Montessori for those preparing to become classroom directors, and is also used as the course for Montessori classroom assistants. The coursework includes historical perspective of early childhood educators, theorists, and philosophers, the life and work of Maria Montessori, personal and professional development, peace education, stress and time management, staff and program management, communications and human relations, classroom management, community awareness and involvement and the art of observation. Preparing to become elementary classroom directors are Hillary Henry from Berkeley County Schools, Elementary program candidate and Kelly Nevling from MSC. For these two the course is one of two preliminary courses before beginning elementary teacher preparation. Taking the course to become trained assistants are Allison Hilton from Montessori at Sandy Ford (NC), Catherine Catalano from the Montessori School of Columbia,...