What Professional Development Means To Us
For teachers PD Days are just as busy if not busier than regular school days as we step out of our classrooms to focus on the big picture and commit to re-evaluating and exploring our program. It is so important to ensure that we are providing the highest quality Jewish Montessori experience in a seamless program across all levels of learning.
On November 7th, MJDS teachers benefitted from different opportunities.
At school the Judaic Studies Teachers and the Shinshinim met to work out details for upcoming events; they also worked together on creative means to bring Israel and tradition to the classroom and inspire each other. They prepared for Chanukah by making new materials and developed plans for the new and very different format for our Annual Chanukah party.
As a group working in the unique environment of MJDS, the Judaic Studies team believe that it is our duty and passion to keep ourselves informed and make sure that our children are engaged and benefit from our program.
At the CAMT Conference, Upper Elementary and Middle School teachers Catherine and Simon attended a workshop on conflict-resolution strategies called "Restitution" presented by Grace Kidney of Clanmore Montessori School. Grace gave us new language and clear strategies to help children resolve their conflicts.
If a problem occurs in her school the children hold up their hands and pointing to each finger say...
No blame, No shame, No excuses, No apology, FIX IT!
When they put their hands down they add, "But an apology goes a long way towards fixing it." The goal is to help the children really resolve rather than blame others for the problem. As a class we also define the values we live by and what we believe in. Both the "Classroom Beliefs" and the "Problem Solving" parts are supported in Shalhevet with discussions on Jewish values, particularly when Yaniv reads the "Parasha." We will write more on this topic as the children become more familiar with the program in the classroom and we thank you for your support.
More information on MJDS Professional Development in the next issue.