Maths workshop with Peter Erskine
The teaching staff at Caboolture Montessori School increase their learning repertoire by attending Montessori workshops whenever and wherever they can.
Staff described the latest workshop run by Peter Erskine, Montessori Australia Foundation representative, as a spellbound experience. Peter explained and presented the magic of algebra through squaring and cubing; he demonstrated how children as young as 5 can absorb sensorially basic algebraic concepts that can then be built upon in later years. This process provides students a strong sequential rubric to consolidate experiences. Learning by ‘doing’ cements understanding and memory retention.
Staff were inspired by the workshop and went immediately into action by developing materials to share with their class.
An added bonus for staff was to work with teachers from other Montessori schools, thus contributing to each other’s range of strategies and developing stronger bonds with new colleagues.
It is always reassuring to experience the relevance and validity of the Montessori methodology and the appropriateness of the lessons for each stage of development and capability.