2020 BC Montessori PSA (BCMTPSA) Annual Conference: Montessori 150 and Beyond

Friday, October 23, 2020 

Virtual Conference (Online)

 

Registration Online Opens Soon

 https://bcmtpsa.ourconference.ca/index.php

Conference Agenda

8:15-8:45 BCTF Core Welcome

8:45- 9 - PSA President Welcome 

 

9-10 Keynote: Michael Duffy

 

10-10:15  Break

 

10:15-11:15 Workshop

 

11:30-12:30 Workshop

 

12:30-1 Lunch

 

1-1:30 AGM

 

1:30-2:30 Workshop

 

 

Conference Price:

BCTF / Independent School Teachers = $60

 

2020/21 membership only = $25

 

UBC/SFU Teacher Candidates and retired teachers = $ 60

Please note:

All registrations need to be done online. There will be no registration on the day of the conference.

 

Only BCTF members have voting rights at the AGM.

 

However, all attendees will become members and will have access to all resources and professional development opportunities.   

 

Remember to print your receipt at time of purchase.

 

Please email us ahead of time if you require proof of attendance.

 

To purchase your 2020-2021 PSA membership only, please choose the link below.

 

Note: Please make sure to check your junk mail as many receipts are going directly there. 

Vendors Online: 

We are very excited to have

 Wintergreen (Mindset)

 Kinder Books

 Usborne Books

 Montessori Materials by Lakeview,

 Puzzlehead

 Fossilicious 

About the Presenters

 

Keynote Speaker: Michael Duffy

 

Michael Duffy has been a Montessori classroom teacher and a teacher-trainer for the past 30 years, and he is a founder and current co-director of the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative (METTC). He holds American Montessori Society credentials at the 6-12 age level and taught both lower and upper elementary classes at the Blackstock Montessori School in Villa Rica. GA, a school founded and operated for 21 years by his wife, D’Neil. He also holds a master degree in education, with a specialty in media education. As a teacher-trainer, he has taught adults in New York, Phoenix, AZ, Lexington, MA, Pittsburgh, PA, Atlanta, GA, Toronto, Vancouver, BC, and Puerto Rico. He has given keynote presentations and workshops at national and international Montessori and non-Montessori conferences, including Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Poland and China. He has written articles for Montessori Life, and authored or co-authored three books on Montessori education: Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom (2002; 2014; 2016); Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain (2008; 2014); and Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students (2012). Michael and his wife were honored with the AMS Living Legacy award at the AMS conference in 2018. They also were given MACTE’s Wisdom of the Elders honor in 2015. The Duffys currently live in Atlanta, GA. They have two adult children and four grandchildren, all Montessori graduates.

 What does it take to motivate our Montessori students? Maria Montessori expressed a clear desire to support intrinsic motivation in children, and there’s an abundance of modern research that validates this approach in education over the prevailing practice of external motivators. There are practical implications for how this translates into Montessori classroom practices that we will explore.

10:15-11:15 Workshops (3 choices)

 

1. Supplemental Reading Games & Activities for the Montessori Language Shelves - Randall Klein

Biography: Randall Klein, reading education consultant and author from Bozeman, Montana, taught in multi-aged early childhood classrooms for sixteen years. He is the author of The Klein Method of Early Reading Mastery.

          Randall has successfully taught hundreds of children from ages three to eight years how to read and has used this experience to formulate the techniques and methods he now delivers to educators and parents in his online presentations and workshops on developmentally appropriate early reading instruction.                    

          It is Randall’s desire to create a heightened awareness of the need for systematic, explicit, and developmentally appropriate reading instruction for beginning and struggling readers.

 

 

2. Organizing your Montessori Classroom - sharing practical ideas, useful resources, and various assessment methods – Patricia Patrick 

Biography: Patricia has been passionate about Montessori for the past 35 years as a Montessori administrator, teacher, and mentor. She attended the AMI college in Dublin, Ireland, and later was taught by Angela Martin, one of the founders of MACTE (who was trained by Maria Montessori herself!) in Victoria, BC. Patricia is also the Montessori examiner for the Montessori training program at West-Mont School in Victoria which is connected to the Montessori Connections based in Scotland. Currently, Patricia teaches in a Montessori grade 1,2,3 at Hammond Elementary in Maple Ridge and is the president of the Montessori Public School Teachers’ PSA.

 

Description: This workshop will help teachers look at their classrooms with fresh eyes and see what is working, what can be removed and what new ideas and resources can be added to enhance the day to day operations of a multi-grade classroom. We will cover the layout and sequence of the Montessori materials, the different areas in a Montessori classroom and how to use Practical Life and Sensorial materials, even in elementary classrooms, to help students self-regulate and control their own mental health breaks.

 

3. BCTF Core Session *waiting for options from BCTF

11:30-12:30 Workshops (3 choices)

 

1. Montessori Math Meets Standards in a Better Way- Michael Duffy

(please see keynote for e-mail/biography)

The approach to teaching Math that we take in Montessori is radically different from the way most of us – and the parents of our children – learned Math. There are multiple benefits to teaching Math Montessori style, including the way it promotes brain development in children. We need to be able to explain those benefits to the parents of our students if we want them to support us – and their children.

 

2. Montessori Parent Education – Melissa Krahn

Biography:Melissa Krahn has taught in public Montessori classrooms in BC for over 15 years.  She has a B.A. and B.Ed. from UBC, AMS Montessori training (ages 6-12) from VTI, and a Masters in Montessori Education from St. Catherine's University. She has been a teacher sponsor for three student teachers in the UBC Montessori cohort.  She is currently the Conference Chair on the BC Montessori PSA executive.

 

Description: Most of the parents of Montessori students had very different educational experiences then our students experience in a Montessori classroom. This workshop offers examples of successful parent education nights about the general Montessori philosophy, and more specifically how to explain to parents how mathematics, language arts, and culture are taught in Montessori classrooms.

 

3. BCTF Core Session *waiting for options from BCTF

1:30-2:30 Workshops (3 choices)

  

  1.  Supplemental Reading Games & Activities for the Montessori Language Shelves (repeat of morning workshop)

Randall Klein

earlyreadingmastery@gmail.com

Biography: Randall Klein, reading education consultant and author from Bozeman, Montana, taught in multi-aged early childhood classrooms for sixteen years. He is the author of The Klein Method of Early Reading Mastery.

          Randall has successfully taught hundreds of children from ages three to eight years how to read and has used this experience to formulate the techniques and methods he now delivers to educators and parents in his online presentations and workshops on developmentally appropriate early reading instruction.                    

          It is Randall’s desire to create a heightened awareness of the need for systematic, explicit and developmentally appropriate reading instruction for beginning and struggling readers.

 2. Montessori: A Computer-side Chat! – Daphne Gurney

daphnefgurney@gmail.com

 

Do you have questions about Montessori? Bring them to this online session.  

In this session we will cover topics like:

  • Movement and Cognition

  • Choice in the classroom 

  • Teaching through child Interest

  • Extrinsic rewards and motivation 

  • Learning with and from peers

  • Learning in context 

  • Ways of interacting with children 

  • Order in environment and mind

The Montessori classroom is a dynamic, exciting place to teach but sometimes it is difficult to implement all the strands of the Montessori philosophy. We are here to help unravel your questions and give you small things you can do to bring your Montessori class to life. 

 

 

3. BCTF Core Session *waiting for options from BCTF

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