Alex Ioannou has worked as an educator for over 30 years, with nearly 20 of these in Montessori education within an Adolescent program. In addition to her work within the classroom, Alex has also had experience in leadership and as an acting principal. This work has built skills in liaising with accrediting bodies and standards and a determination to support and build capacity in teachers for the remarkable work they do. She continues to work with students as well as being involved in curriculum and resource development. Alex also works with the Montessori Australia team as Director of Research and Development. Alex holds a Grad DipEd, BA (Hons) and is currently completing her Master’s in Educational Studies.
29 October, Sunday
11:30am – 12:30pm
concurrent workshops - select one
My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from [one level of school to the next], but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher [one], by means of their own activity [and…] will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual. (Montessori 1948a, p. xv) How do you capture this transformation and growth of the children with whom you work? What are the challenges and the celebrations? This workshop will begin with a look at what is considered as best practice for assessment in education for children of all ages. Within this framework, it is hoped that we can explore, interactively, the opportunities and challenges for Montessori practice whilst reflecting on the key questions, “What do I do?” and “Why do I do it?” The aim will also be for participants to share practice on what works and how we know it works and consider the scope for this to affirm the practice and identity of Montessori within Australia.