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How do we finetune the expectations of parents and ourselves?

Karin de Jong, Bea Koekenbier

The interaction between parent and teacher plays an important role in the optimal development of the child. Research on different levels has shown that the quality of the interaction between parent and teacher has a positive effect on the entire development of the child. The assumptions of Montessori education show us that (naturally) this is part of Montessori education.What do parents already know about Montessori education? What do teachers expect of the parents and is it clear for the parents what those expectations are? How does the school communicate its expectations to its parents?

Karin de Jong wasoriginally trained as a Montessori teacher for children 6 – 12 years old in the Netherlands. She continued her studies with a master in orthopedagogics.
She worked in a Montessori environment with 6-9 year old children for three years. From 1992 on she has been working as a teacher trainer for primary school teachers at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam.  She teaches Montessori anthropology, pedagogics and didactics, the education of children 6 -12 years old, pedagogics and developmental psychology, training of parental involvement (practically and theoretically).
The target audiences are full time students in their initial teacher training (for example in a minor) and teachers who already work in a Montessori school and are studying for their certificate.
Together with Bea Koekenbier she has already provided two workshops for Montessori Europe (in Lublin and Berlin).

Bea Koekenbier wasoriginally trained as a Montessori teacher for young children in the Netherlands. She continued her studies with a bachelor in teaching 6-12 year olds, a bachelor in pedagogics and a master in teacher training technology and curriculum design.
She worked in a Montessori environment with 4-6 year olds and toddlers for eleven years. . From 1990 on she has been working as a teacher trainer for primary school teachers at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam.  She teaches Montessori anthropology, pedagogy and didactics, the education of young children, pedagogics and developmental psychology, training of parental involvement (practically and theoretically).
The target audiences are full time students in their initial teacher training (for example in a minor) and teachers who already work in a Montessori school already and are studying for their certificate.
Together with Karin de Jong she has already provided two workshops for Montessori Europe (in Lublin and Berlin).