The Child First: Montessori, Reggio Emilia System and Contemporary Approaches to pre-School Education

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Concept by: Marta Mandolini

Description

During this course participants, will discover the most relevant educational approaches for children that emerged in Europe from the 20th century onwards.

Waldorf (Steiner) education, the Montessori Method and Loris Malaguzzi’s Reggio Emilia method will be discussed in an interactive way. This will include comparing the different theories and involving participants in an active reflection about their way of teaching and the importance of the child being the protagonist of his/her development. A part of the course will be dedicated to Bruno Munari’s method “Playing with Art”. A short introduction about the alternative Catalan non-directive education panorama will also be included, as well as an overview on Positive Education and Positive Psychology.

The outcome of all of this, is the activation of a thought-provoking learning process. Participants will practice critical and creative thinking skills, inspired by the alternative methods mentioned above. Independence, freedom, creativity, child-centered, respect, global development are the keywords of the course. At the end, participants will have the chance to create a project for their school that incorporates the knowledge acquired, following a Design Thinking process.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Acquire knowledge about Waldorf (Steiner) education, Montessori Method, Reggio Emilia approach, Bruno Munari’s method “Playing with Art”, Positive Education;
  • Learn how children can be protagonists of their psychological, social, and physical – development;
  • Learn how to set a positive and responsive relationship with children inspired by the different methods;
  • Foster your critical and creative thinking;
  • Be able to evaluate and integrate elements of the different approaches in your school.

Audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education;
  • Other (paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation.

Head teacher of School Innovation Courses: Alessandro Pumpo

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Specifics

  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usuallly on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

Next courses in Florence

  • 9-14 December 2019
  • 30 December - 4 January 2020
  • 13-18 January 2020
  • 10-15 February 2020
  • 9-14 March 2020
  • 30 March - 4 April 2020
  • 13-18 April 2020
  • 11-16 May 2020
  • 8-13 June 2020
  • 29 June - 4 July 2020
  • 13-18 July 2020
  • 10-15 August 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Although our courses are designed with the European Union Erasmus + program in mind, they are also open to teachers from all non-E.U. countries. Over the last few years we have welcomed increasing numbers of teachers from the USA and Japan, among others.

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Reviews about this course

I really liked the pace of this class. It was hands on and easy to understand. Davide made this class fun and full of good energy. It was really inspiring to me to hear ideas from our classmates and to all the projects provided by our teacher. I recommend this class a 100%.

Nazarena Deschiave

I really liked this expirience. Nice and funny company. A lot of new expiriences. And Florence is a beautiful city as well.

Līva Irbe

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