On October 11, 2021, we asked our amazing families to help support the continuing education of our dedicated teachers. These annual Professional Development Days provide a special opportunity for our educators to become students for a day. We used the time to learn exciting new ways to inspire and educate your children and to prioritize family engagement!
The valuable training opportunity explored several important topics, including:
Montessori Observations, Record Keeping, Lesson Planning, and Assessments
Led by guest speaker, Susan Tracy McDonald, certified Montessori Teacher Trainer, our teachers reflected on the Montessori practice of observation to inform their actions and interactions in the classroom. They were able to reflect and learn new techniques focused on overcoming any hesitation to observe. Finding opportunities to quiet their mind and body, becoming still so they can see more clearly, will not only aid in the children’s learning experiences, but also help the community flourish in terms of positive social and emotional engagements.
Engaging Families Through Daily Communication
Teachers learned how to build even stronger relationships with our families. By prioritizing daily communication and appreciating the value it brings, educators aim to elevate the connection between home and school by using this important resource.
Teachers learned how to support language development in new ways, while building trusting bonds when reading aloud to the children.
Positive Behavior Support
Teachers learned how to address age-appropriate behaviors through a proactive approach. With our resources, educators essentially act as Positive Behavior Coaches to help turn challenging behaviors into learning opportunities.Our teachers always walk away from this comprehensive training feeling inspired to further enhance every child’s classroom experience. We look forward to sharing new knowledge with our students—as well as enhancing efforts to communicate every moment of the journey with our families.