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Great Stories and the Role of the Adult as Storyteller

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A workshop for all Montessori 6-12 educators, delivered by Alison Awes.

Dr. Montessori was described by her son, Mario, as a storyteller of the truth. Today, the role of the adult supporting the development of 6–12-year-olds is no different. What is the importance of storytelling in our communities, and why are the Great Stories such an important framework? Launch your school year with a brief review of the stories as well as strategies to boost your confidence when telling stories in your classroom.


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Alison Awes has been the Director of 6-12 Training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota since 2010, serves as an adjunct faculty member for Saint Catherine University, St. Paul, and is the Director of 6-12 Training for the Maria Montessori Institute, London and the Montessori Institute Bangalore, India. She holds Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diplomas for Primary (ages three to six) and Elementary (ages six to twelve) levels, a B.A. in art history from Smith College, an M.A. in Latin-American studies from Tulane University, and an M.Ed. in Montessori education from Loyola University Maryland. She has taught in Montessori classrooms for ages six to nine and ages nine to twelve. Ms. Awes is an AMI examiner and consultant, and has served on the boards of private and charter (public) Montessori schools. A former board member of the AMI Elementary Alumni Association, she served as a pedagogical advisor for six years and now works on the AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group.

As an international lecturer and keynote speaker, she has given numerous workshops and short courses on a wide variety of topics, including dyslexia, art and the work of the hand, the psychological and physical prepared environment, and moral development in the digital age. She has worked on the faculty at international AMI teacher training centers, including those in Australia, India, South Africa, and Thailand, and has also directed courses in England and Switzerland. Ms. Awes has worked to advance the philosophy, spirit, and practice of Montessori through regularly mentoring teachers in Montessori classrooms worldwide. An advocate for children with reading challenges, she also holds Level I Orton Gillingham training. Ms. Awes attended Montessori school until the age of twelve.


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