Flexible distance learning models offer authentic AMI Montessori teacher training
We know that the everyone’s lives have been abruptly affected by the Coronavirus and the restrictions that have been put in place. That is why at SIMS we have adapted quickly! For the first time we will offer AMI Montessori training in a blended distance-learning format.
The 3-summer courses scheduled to begin this year at both the Primary and Elementary levels will be offered in a distance learning format. Students will be able to take advantage of the internationally-recognized gold standard of AMI Montessori teacher training from the safety of their own home. Students will still have live, direct contact with trainers this summer, and receive all of the same course content traditionally delivered in our training. We will maintain our mission to honor Dr. Montessori’s legacy with the same high quality and standards that are expected of an AMI course.
So what does this look like? Most days there will be live virtual sessions via Zoom with the trainer. Some of these virtual sessions will include discussions with the whole group about theory topics. Others will be focused on live demonstrations of materials. Attendance will be tracked during these sessions. In addition to the live virtual sessions, there will be supplemental online course content for students to work through independently, to complete lessons and submit assignments. A daily schedule will be provided to students to show when virtual sessions are scheduled.
Getting hands-on practice with the materials has always been a critical aspect of the training experience. For students who live locally, the training center will be open for limited numbers of students at a time to come in to work with the materials, and the trainer will be on hand to guide these sessions. For those who are not local, this practice can be done at a school in their area. Students can either join a Zoom session to be supervised by the trainer, or record and upload videos of themselves practicing materials. (Note: If you don’t already have an established relationship with a local school, we will strive to assist you in making arrangements with one in your community.) In all cases, students will be responsible for keeping track of practice hours and materials practiced.
We are hopeful that schools will be re-opened this fall and students will still have the opportunity to complete observation and practice teaching requirements in classrooms.
One benefit of this distance-learning format is that students from outside of Arizona will save on travel and the temporary residence expenses associated with attending the training in person in Phoenix!
If you are interested in pursuing this unique opportunity, please connect with us! We are happy to answer any questions that you have. Or, click here to apply now!