I live in Auckland, New Zealand, aka God’s Own Country or Godzone, and occasionally I find interesting articles about Montessori and how it relates specifically to Kiwi culture. Here is a Kiwi-specific summary of Montessori written by ECE experts More interesting for Montessori professionals is “The Historical Evolution and Contemporary Status of Montessori Schooling in New Zealand”,… Read More Montessori in Godzone
On Friday, September 18, 2009, Dr. Steve Hughes inspired hundreds of Montessori parents and professionals at the Auckland University Campus with a presentation he calls Good At Doing Things. Dr. Hughes began by sharing the simple story of how he first heard about Montessori, in passing, from a friend over dinner. This simple story, complete with… Read More Good At Doing Things
I was fortunate enough to attend the grand opening dedication ceremony for the new AMI Training Center in Auckland on Friday, June 26, 2009. The result of several years of concentrated and diligent effort by the trustees of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation, the Primary level course will be instructed by Cheryl Ferreira a senior… Read More AMI in New Zealand
My wife, Emily, and I have recently relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, and between culture shock and starting a new job I am strectched thin. I will post more complete ideas soon, but for now you may enjoy checking out the Montessori Association of New Zealand website to learn more about the state of Montessori… Read More MANZ
I learned about this video from MenTeach, and given my interest in all things New Zealand it was an easy choice to watch it. The video contains some interesting arguments supporting male ECE teachers, and some interesting examples of male influence in traditional ECE environments.
My expectations of Montessori environments is based on my experiences in schools in the United States, where the law generally mandates 1 adult per 10 students. Not all adults need to have teaching credentials or degrees, and thus the result is typically a 30 student classroom (in keeping with Dr. Montessori’s recommendations) with 1… Read More New Zealand: Collaborative Teaching
It has been 6 weeks since I last posted, and in case you were curious about this long silence, I have been very busy job hunting. 15 months ago, Emily (my wife) and I decided to move to New Zealand in 2009. I have been investigating and filing paperwork and researching for several months, but the… Read More New Zealand