Progressive Approaches to Education Motessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emillia
The 21st-century teacher is facing various pedagogical approaches that can be challenging to apply in the traditional classroom. Progressive education appeared as a counter-reaction to traditional education. It mainly focuses on experience and experiential learning, it values the child’s talents and it is not so much concerned with formal learning. The students learn mostly through experience, collaboration, and play, thus the main aim of progressive approaches is to turn the learning really student-centered.
This course focuses on trying and using teaching techniques from other educational systems: Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emillia in order to broaden one’s teaching range of techniques.
Montessori was developed by Italian doctor and educator Maria Montessori. She made extensive research on a holistic child's development, and the results were amazing. Montessori Method is based on human development, and the stages of a child's development are crucially important to learning, as well as learning by discovery, the learning environment, and the learning materials. Participants on the course will get theoretical and practical knowledge about the Montessori Method. Participants will compare their approach to teaching to the Montessori approach and will discuss ways to integrate Montessori techniques into their own teaching contexts.
Waldorf education is a unique and distinctive approach to educating children which focuses on the children as ‘whole’: ‘head, heart, and hands’. Therefore, in the early years of schooling, children do not focus as much on academics as in mainstream education, but on becoming a whole person and getting to love nature, themselves, their peers and learning. Focusing on arts, games, outdoor activities and science, Waldorf offers a range of techniques that can be easily adapted to mainstream classes and to the students with special needs who attend mainstream education.
Reggio Emilia is focused on the way young children learn by experiencing learning and relationships with the people. Children create connections between ideas and the environment and thus they understand the meaning of what they experience. Teachers spend a lot of time observing the children’s work and creating dialogues that help guide the students’ interest. This approach values collaboration with parents, teachers and the community.
During the course, the participants will improve their theoretical knowledge in the area of progressive approaches to education and they will try different activities that are specific to these approaches. They will try to adapt existing tasks and assignments in a way that suits the needs of mixed ability classes. They will discuss how to experience and perform different roles, and how to engage students of different profiles in the class activity.
The methodological techniques include:
Team – Building Sessions;
Role – Play
Ice–Breaking and Warm-Up Sessions;
Goal – Setting sessions;
Become familiarized with the concept of Progressive education
Raise awareness of the values and principles of different educational methods: Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia
Become familiarized with different activities and class settings compatible with the progressive approaches
Learn how to set a positive and responsive relationship with children according to different methods;
Foster your critical and creative thinking;
Be able to evaluate and integrate elements of the different approaches in your context of teaching
Networking with teachers from various European countries
Improvement of language and communication skills
Increased capacity to cooperate at the international level
Trainees will be given soft and hard copies of all lesson materials, which they can present to their colleagues at their own organizations to generate interest in the strategies learned during the training course. In addition, a mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences. Self-evaluation materials will be provided. At the end of the course, the participants will fill in a questionnaire in order to get detailed feedback on the effectiveness of the training event.
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