Montessori Assistant Toolkit

Training for Montessori Support Professionals

Our low-cost, highly-effective Assistant Training ...

…Reduces staff turnover

…Increases safety

…Gets new staff up-to-speed quickly

…Allows teachers to focus more on students

…Improves relations between staff and with parents

…Increases staff professionalism

…Optimizes the learning environment for students

…Increases staff understanding of their role

…Increases understanding of the Montessori method

“Having a well trained Montessori assistant in the classroom is vital to the overall success of a classroom.  As Montessorians, we foster a deep respect towards the potential of each child. A trained assistant makes this process of a child’s journey, one that is filled with confidence and dignity.”

Aruna, Teacher

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“When assisting in a Montessori classroom, training is crucial. An assistant needs to know about Montessori philosophy and how the materials work in general. Tammy delivers comprehensive and engaging training to assistants making Montessori classrooms high functioning. As an assistant, I enjoyed observing all those little ones working with such concentration!”

Veronica, Trained Assistant

Workshop Description

The Principles of Optimal Learning Workshop  examines the elements that make up a highly effective learning environment.  By gaining an understanding of these, workshop participants will be able to contribute to the effective running of the classroom.

 

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning

  • The Importance of Movement

  • Control and Order

  • Interest and Context

  • Motivation

  • Student Collaboration

  • Adult/Child Interactions

  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

Workshop Description

This workshop introduces participants to Dr. Maria Montessori and her education philosophy.  In addition, a sweeping overview of the history of pedagogical thought is given to provide context for Dr. Montessori’s system, and its place within that history. After completing the lessons, workshop participants will have a greater understanding of the Montessori method, and its unique unique and effective approach to teaching children.

 

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning

  • Evolution of Pedagogy

  • Dr. Montessori

  • Philosophical Tenets

  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

Workshop Description

This workshop provides an overview of child development theories and relates them to Dr. Montessori’s educational method.  Her familiarity with the theoretical material that came before her was augmented by her own insights from her observations of children.  The Montessori Method incorporates this early theoretical work and anticipates some of its later findings.  This attention to the science of child development is part of what makes this teaching method so effective and contributes to its on-going longevity.

 

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning

  • Developmental Theorists

  • Brain Development

  • Research to Practice

  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

Workshop Description

This workshop introduces the keystone skill of observation. Observing children as they interact with the learning environment and other people provides the necessary information to abide by the Montessori maxim “follow the child.”

 

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning

  • The Keystone Skill

  • Root Causes of Behavior

  • The Scientists in the Field

  • Observation Practices

  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

Workshop Description

The Optimize Interactions with Children Workshop teaches best practices for engaging with children to create a highly effective learning environment.

 

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning

  • Normalization

  • Root Causes of Behavior

  • The Role of the Adult

  • Child Guidance

  • Supporting Independence

  • Dr. Montessori’s Decalogue

  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

Workshop Description

This workshop examines the classroom environment, including both physical and social elements, and its importance in the Montessori method.  Covering topics such as the significance of arrangement, the emotional tone of the class, and aesthetic principles for order and beauty, it highlights the steps necessary to create an optimal learning environment.  After completing the lessons, workshop participants will have a new found appreciation of the Montessori classroom and the attention to details that makes it work so well.

 

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning

  • Framing the Triad

  • Physical Order

  • Physical Beauty and Movement

  • The Cognitive Environment

  • Social, Emotional, and Spiritual Environment

  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

Workshop Description

This workshop delivers a series of tips on professionalism to coach staff members in the best practices for representing and interacting with their learning community as well as next steps for their career. After completing the lessons, workshop participants will have a set of skills to help them knowledgeably and confidently engage with the whole spectrum of community members.

 

Workshop Contents

  • Blueprint for Learning

  • Professionalism

  • Communication

  • Nurturing Your Spirit

  • Professional Development

  • Course Summary and Takeaway Skills

TUITION

Number of Assistants*136
Regular Fee$180$540$1080
Group Fee$180$495$990
*Number of Assistants shown is only for pricing comparison and does not indicate a special package. You can purchase the course for as many assistants as needed. The price break is applied when you purchase 3 or more courses at the same time.

“As an instructor, Tammy’s teaching method is instrumental, thoughtful, captivating, and thorough in both her approach and instruction. To this day one of my favorite years in my classroom was teaching with an assistant/intern that took Tammy’s Assistant Training.”

Julie, Teacher

Take your school to the next level by training your Assistants!

On-Demand, Self-Paced

content allows learning anytime and anywhere

Sequential, Progressive Lessons

help insure mastery of the content

Course Design

utilizes research-based training methods combined with on-the-job assignments to solidify learning

Multiple Learning Modalities

are engaged by modules that include video, writing, reading, audio, and hands-on lessons

These EXTRAS are included with the course - over $200 in added value!

TUITION

Number of Assistants136
Regular Fee$180$540$1080
Group Fee$180$495$990
*Number of Assistants shown is only for pricing comparison and does not indicate a special package. You can purchase the course for as many assistants as needed. The price break is applied when you purchase 3 or more courses at the same time.

“Since taking the training I was inspired and went on to complete my elementary training. I have been both a lead and a co-teacher in Montessori environments. To this day, I honor the Montessori principles that I learned from the Assistant Training program.”

David, Trained Assistant

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is this course for?

This course is specially designed for support personnel in a Montessori classroom setting. It is not a substitute for lead teacher training. Homeschoolers may find some aspects of this course helpful, but it is primarily for professionals.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The Montessori Assistants Toolkit course consists of 7 workshops that vary in length from about 45 minutes to almost two hours, for a total of 8.5 hours of content. We estimate an additional 5-6 hours to complete the accompanying exercises in the User Manual workbook. So total, it takes about 15 hours to complete the course.

We recommended taking 1 workshop per week as a way to deepen the learning and to be able to easily integrate it into people’s work schedules. Following this recommendation, it would take 7 weeks to complete the course, but only a few hours each week.

When does the course start and finish?

This is a self-paced course. Once you sign up, you can watch the videos and complete the suggested activities at your own pace. We recommend that you allow yourself at least one week per module.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for at least one year.

Is this a live workshop?

No. This course consists of pre-recorded video lectures and recommended exercises. You may view the videos as many times as desired at your convenience for at least one year.

How much access do I have to the instructor? Can I ask her questions?

This course is not priced for private access to the instructor. However, Tammy Oesting will be available inside the private Facebook Group to answer questions and provide general support.

Is this a MACTE accredited course?

No. This is an on-demand online course and does not include the timed and in-person components required for MACTE accreditation.

Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

A certificate of attendance will be available to you once you finish the course. It will be a printable PDF certificate.

Can I receive continuing education hours/credit/units (clock hours) for taking the course?

If you wish to receive continuing education hours, you will need to contact the local licensing agency in your area. If you are counting on receiving continuing education credits, please consult with your licensing agency before purchasing. Each jurisdiction handles this differently, has different requirements, and uses different terminology. Below is a list of state agencies that may be able to help you determine if you can receive continuing education hours and how to do so. IMPORTANT: Some licensing agencies do NOT accept credits for online courses that are done on-demand. AGAIN, if you are counting on the credits being accepted, please consult with your licensing agency before purchasing.

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How do I register multiple people for the course?

Multiple registrations allows a group of people to access the course with their own logins and receive certificates of attendance. Once you purchase more than one course, we will contact you within 48 hours to get the registration information for the additional course participants. (We have to do this part manually, so please be patient). They can then login and view the videos as many times as desired at their convenience.

I am trying to create an account but it says my email is already taken. What do I do?

This means that you already have an account with ClassrooMechanics because you registered with us in the past. Use the password you created when you originally signed up, and then login to continue your purchase. If you have forgotten your password, click “Forgot Password” below the login button to reset your password. Please do not create multiple accounts for yourself using different emails.

Does the lead teacher in the Assistant’s classroom need to have access to the Toolkit course content to help the Assistant?

As regards the teacher’s involvement with the content of the Assistant Toolkit, there are instructions embedded in the course for the assistant to discuss various aspects of the training with the lead teacher to better understand how their school and teacher apply the Montessori method and manage the classroom. These are intended to facilitate the assistant’s seeking guidance from the lead teacher so they can be of better support in their specific classroom.

Do you have any recommendations for when lead teachers should take the Supporting Assistants Workshop that is included as a bonus with my Assistant Toolkit purchase?

Regarding lead teachers and the Supporting Assistants Workshop, it is a stand-alone course and can be taken whether or not there is an assistant taking the Toolkit. It is a collection of best practices and concepts that Tammy observed being helpful in teacher’s interactions and relationship with their assistant. If the lessons are applied, the workshop can result in better classroom dynamics and smoother operations.