Thursday, November 7
Leadership Day Series Option 2
The Applied Mind: Adult Learners
Presented by Jonathan Wolff and Dana Kaminstein
Understanding and Educating the Adult Learner As It Applies to Montessori Teacher Education, Professional Development, & Parent Education –Creating an environment which is conducive for adult learning is very different than creating a learning environment for children. Although adults can, and sometimes do, experience the joy of learning, most adult learning environments rob adults of this opportunity. Adult learners seek to learn things that will help them in their work and lives, and they want to be treated in a way that respects their knowledge and experience. One similarity between adult and child learners is that both want to be engaged and enlivened by the learning experience. This workshop will focus on ways to foster engagement and joy in the adult learning experience. The workshop is aimed at those who are responsible for teaching adults in a Montessori setting. It is appropriate for those supervising teachers-in-training; for people working with Montessori guides who need improvement in classroom management; for those who are communicating with parents about Montessori education; or for someone working with a newly hired assistant teacher who requires job orientation. This full-day workshop intensive will be led by Dana Kaminstein, Ph.D. and Jonathan Wolff. Dana Kaminstein is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, and has been working and teaching graduate students and other adults for over thirty years. Dr. Kaminstein’s wife is a long-time Montessori teacher, and their two sons attended Montessori schools, where he served as a board member. Jonathan Wolff, Montessori school consultant and leadership educator, has consulted to Montessori school leaders and classroom teachers in Montessori schools across the USA and around the world. He will share current research and best practices in adult learning, as it applies to the work of the Montessori teacher trainer, school instructional leader, lead teacher, and parent educator. The workshop is designed to be highly experiential, interactive and applied. Participants will have the opportunity for self-reflection, and will learn about the major principles of adult learning and the main approaches to learning. They will participate in group discussions, a short simulation, and engage in coaching colleagues. The workshop is designed to ensure that all aspects of it can be applied, and participants will engage in action planning, i.e., how to take back what they learned as they enhance their adult learning practices.