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Second Seminar: May 12-23, 2014

The Second Seminar of the AMI Primary Training of Trainers Programme, Asian Seminar began on Monday, May 12, and concluded on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the familiar and almost home like setting of Aalankrita Resorts in Hyderabad. The Seminar saw the return of all the participants who were eager to meet one another and share news of their progress in the Programme.

The Seminar was led by AMI Trainer Ms. Janet McDonell. Janet is the director of the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University Maryland.  She holds AMI diplomas in Elementary and Special Education.  She has been a former member of the Training Group. She has a rich teaching experience in a wide variety of settings. Since, 1993, she has been engaged in training teachers.

Janet was supported by AMI Trainer Ms. Ruby Lau. The focus of the seminar was the Sensorial area. Presentations were discussed, essential theoretical ideas were reflected upon and variations were talked about. The participants enjoyed the intellectual excitement as they shared their own understanding of the method with each other and their course mentors. They returned home with not only a deepening understanding of various Montessori principles but also a rich repertoire of songs that they enjoyed singing throughout the seminar.

Inclusive Montessori Education by Ms Janet McDonell

The Montessori Training and Research Trust, Hyderabad organised a fund raiser talk on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm on “Inclusive Montessori Education” by AMI Trainer Ms. Janet McDonell at St. Paul's School, Hyderguda. The session conducted by Janet, focused on how the essential aspects of the Montessori classroom makes it a responsive and challenging environment for all children. Opening the Montessori classrooms to all children she believed results in a rich and life-affirming environment to the benefit of all.

With the help of a power point presentation and anecdotal incidents she highlighted how the prepared environment along with the mixed age group of children could be beneficial for all children irrespective of their challenges.

The talk was well attended by Montessori alumni, staff of Montessori schools in Hyderabad and the participants of the Asian Seminar. The session concluded with an interactive question and answer session.

First Seminar: December 2-13, 2013

The First Seminar of the AMI Primary Training of Trainers Programme, Asian Seminar began on Monday, December 2, and concluded on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the most beautiful, serene and lush green settings of Aalankrita Resorts in Hyderabad. The Seminar saw participants from all over the world come together towards one common goal, The Child and how to prepare themselves in their work of educating all who come in contact with children. There were a total of 21 participants who came together with their rich and varied experiences. There were participants from Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Japan, Sweden, United States of America, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The Seminar was officially inaugurated by Begum Bilkees Latif, Chairperson of the Trust and attended by the members of The Montessori Training and Research Trust, Hyderabad (MTRT).

The Seminar was lead by Dr. Annette Haines. She is an internationally recognized AMI lecturer and is the director of the Montessori Training Centre of St. Louis. She has been involved in the field of Montessori education since 1972. She has extensive background in the Children’s House classroom, and has been training primary teachers since 1982. She holds an AMI Primary and Elementary Diploma, a BA from Washington University in St.Louis, M.Ed from Cleveland State and an Ed. D from S.I.U. Edwardsville. Currently she is the chairperson of the AMI Scientific and Pedagogy Committee.

Annette was supported by AMI Trainer (3-6) Ms. Rukmini Ramachandran who is the Director of Training, at the Navadisha Montessori Foundation. She currently serves on the Training Group. Rukmini holds an AMI Primary and Elementary Diploma. Annette was also supported by AMI Trainer (3-6) Ms. Ruby Lau who serves as a new member of the Scientific and Pedagogical Committee at AMI. She holds an AMI Primary and Elementary Diploma. Ruby currently works in many parts of South Asia, including India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and China.

The First Seminar was a remarkable success, a tremendous learning experience and greatly appreciated by the participants.

Human Development in the Prepared Environment by Dr. Annette Haines

The Montessori Training and Research Trust, Hyderabad organised a talk on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on “Human Development in the Prepared Environment” by Dr Annette Haines. The session conducted by Ms. Haines, focused on how the carefully prepared 3-6 age level environment, supports human development.

With the help of a DVD which followed the development of three children over three years, she highlighted the role the prepared environment and the role of the prepared adult. She emphasized the benefits of a mixed age group and the possibility of concentration by a child, when the mind and body are in harmony.

The talk was well attended by Montessori alumni, staff of Montessori schools in Hyderabad and the participants of the Asian Seminar Program. The session concluded with an interactive question and answer session.

Assistants Certificate Course (3-6 age level): October 21 - November 8, 2013

The AMI Assistants Certificate Course (3-6 age level) which was organized by the Montessori Training and Research Trust began on Monday, October 21 and concluded on Friday, November 8, 2013. The Course was conducted by AMI Auxiliary Trainer (3-6 age level), Ms. Teenaz Reporter. It was well attended by parents, assistants in school, and others wanting to know more about the Montessori Philosophy. In their feedback, the participants expressed that they had both benefitted from and enjoyed the course and offered valuable suggestions like

  • Have a similar course for the 6 to12 and 12 to18 age levels
  • Have a shorter course designed only for parents.
  • Introduce Montessori concepts to more young adults and college students-both as a career option and to learn parenting skills before they actually have children to raise.
  • Keep Montessori in the public eye by publishing articles in popular magazines and newspapers, so more people know about it early enough to use the concepts for their own children.

School Fete:

The parents of the Model Montessori House of Children organized a fete as a gesture to raise funds for the Asian Seminars to be conducted by the Montessori Training and Research Trust. Parent meetings were conducted and after a lot of brain storming the ideas for the fete began to take shape. Committees were set up with varied responsibilities. The fete took place on the school premises and on the day of the fete it was as if the school had transformed into a wonderland of stalls offering a variety of games, art and delicious food. The children had lots of fun participating in the various games organized. The fete was a grand success which was enjoyed not only by the children but also by the parents and teachers.

Begum Bilkees I. Latif

The website of the Montessori Training and Research Trust was launched by Padma Shree Begum Bilkees Latif, Chairperson of the MTRT on the 31st of May, 2013, at the Montessori Training and Research Centre, Hyderabad.

This date commemorates the 100th Birth Anniversary of Ms. Khursheed Taraporewalla, a pioneer of the Montessori movement in India. She was trained by Dr. Maria Montessori herself, who fondly called her "my little soldier".