In 2015, I completed the MACTE Accredited Montessori Teacher Certification Course with Newborough Teacher Training Institute. What a year it was!
Every week, each class was full of amazing information and interesting presentations. The teachers who lecture and present materials are so knowledgeable that you can't help but learn so much from them.
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, I was excited to come to class. I loved finding out what we would be covering each night.
Newborough's director, Sybil Taylor is fabulous. I can't say enough about how wonderful and helpful she is. Sybil and the lecturers make the course easy to follow and provide the right amount of information to make each class extremely informative.
I have and will recommend Newborough to anyone wishing to study Montessori. I loved every minute of my course and would go back to class in a 'heart beat' for a refresher.
Graduate 2015 with honours.
Sybil Taylor's Philosophy Of Education
Young children learn, with of without teachers. They absorb knowledge from any environment they are in. Effective education of the children must involve a modification of the adult.
A teacher should be a positive model, treating all children with dignity and respect so that they will learn how to treat others. As programmer of the environment, the teacher needs to be organized. It is important to have materials and activities appropriate for the children's ages so that each child may experience success and want to move on. A teacher is also a demonstrator, of the materials being presented to the children, and needs to be consistent and stimulating. To be a passive observer of each of the children, the teacher must remain in the background to perceive when assistance is needed. He/She is a protector of the children's right to learn. Children cannot learn in chaos. They must feel free that their rights are guaranteed. In return, children come to understand the meaning of respect and order. Children who have self-confidence will respond positively to their environment and their teachers.
I believe that a teacher of young children should be a condition rather than an obstruction for the children's learning. Qualities are equally as important as qualifications. Human qualities such as warmth, affection, compassion, high-spiritedness, conviction, a good sense of humor, and eagerness to learn new ways to work with children, are needed.