On August 1-2, 2015, IMS conducted its latest two-day training workshop Creating the New Education” in Washington, DC (Sterling, VA). Attending were Montessori practitioners, parents and other educators from the states of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and California, as well from the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.
The workshop presented the unique IMS technology - a comprehensive set of practical tools for conducting Montessori teaching in a precise, scientific manner. Leading this workshop, Lee Havis, IMS executive director, presented the specific techniques, protocols, lesson presentations, and safe words of this technology, showing how to use them to create the right conditions for the emergence of the child’s true nature.
Collaborating with IMS, the Nur Center in Sterling, Virginia, provided the venue for this event. Mary El-Khatib served as key coordinator for the Nur Center which is now planning to sponsor a new Montessori school for the community of families it serves in the local area.
At the workshop, Lee led participants in many exercises and roleplay drama scenarios to demonstrate how to use the technology to resolve such common problems as disobedience and inattention in children. For example, in one scenario, dealing with an uncooperative, disobedient child, Lee showed how to work out this problem using such techniques as distraction, repetition, clear direction, and patient waiting. The result was to gradually end the misbehavior in a gentle, natural manner that respects the child’s spirit of independence and freedom throughout the process.
After the workshop, Lee said, “I was enormously impressed by the high level of personal responsibility, patience, and integrity demonstrated by the participants to work through a number of difficulties that unexpectedly arose in the two-day experience. I was also encouraged to know that several persons showed interest in scheduling a similar IMS workshop training in Canada and California in the future.”
For information about future IMS workshops or to schedule a workshop in your area, contact: Lee Havis, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the IMS office at 301- 589-1127.