The Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is a catalyst for creating the united common voice required to advocate effectively for Montessori communities. It is our goal to bring together Montessori educators of the Northwest to work in excellence and prosperity; providing meaningful communication to our members and creating a strong Montessori community.
The mission of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is to encourage, support and advocate for excellent Montessori education, as well as unite Montessori communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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Join the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association Fall Events
Around the world, education is at a crossroads. It turns out that the grades and test scores predict almost nothing about how well people do in their careers - and hiring managers know it. The most valuable employees are those who care about what they are doing, work naturally and spontaneously with others, anticipate obstacles, and demonstrate authentic leadership. Most importantly, they are the kind of people who can be counted on to "look around, figure out what needs to be done, and do it." Educators are discovering that conventional schooling isn't very good at fostering these skills, and efforts to "teach character" have met with limited success - maybe these skills aren't really at that "teachable". So how can we help children grow a stronger, more creative, innovative, and capable brain? Developmental neuroscience research suggests important new directions for education, one anticipated by Maria Montessori over a hundred years ago.
Fall Seminar - What Every Montessori Teacher Should Know about ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed disorder of childhood, estimated to affect 3 to 5 percent of school-age children and occurs three times more often in boys than in girls. On average, at least one child in every classroom needs help for this disorder. All Montessori teachers know children who have difficulty concentrating, interfere with the work of peers, and require disproportionate "teacher time". These children may or may not suffer from ADHD, but they can all benefit from the unique, developmental, Montessori learning environment. This presentation will improve your understanding of ADHD and related disorders, explain current medical and psychological treatments, and include special information on how a Montessori guide can help any child suffering from attention problems succeed in a Montessori setting.
Attendees are invited to submit their own questions prior to the seminar.