This 7 week course will include six pre-recorded videos - one for each teacher language - that participants can view in advance of each live, interactive ZOOM session!

Simply preparing the environment and delivering meticulous Montessori lessons are not enough to cultivate independence in the form of self-awareness, self-directed learning, and self-regulation. 

The words we use with students largely determine how they feel about themselves, their teachers, and the lessons presented. 

We invite you to join Tanya Ryskind, Head of the NewGate School, and Jonathan Wolff, international Montessori consultant, and author, for a 7-session course on empowering teacher language. 

Participants will learn how to identify less-than-effective instructional language and replace it with responses that enhance self-confidence, impulse control, and work engagement. 

The course is designed along the lines of the Three Period Lesson, with opportunities for individual and group practice, as well as applied learning action-planning. 

Each session will include time for teachers to share and receive support with current or chronic classroom challenges.

Dates and Times 

January 24th, 31st Feb. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and March 7th

Sundays 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific) 

What You Will Learn in this Course:

  • Language that motivates independent work choice

  • Language that cultivates sustained, self-directed work 

  • Language that promotes self-confidence

  • Language that fosters self-awareness and self-regulation

  • Language that nurtures kindness and empathy

  • Language that helps students identify and replace racial, cultural, and gender biases

  • Language that enables students to view mistakes as learning opportunities 

  • Language that guides students to become fearless and imaginative problem-solvers

Course Fee

Members of the International Montessori Council (IMC) receive a course discount. CGMS Adult Learners and IGs receive the IMC discount.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to 6 Instructional Habits of Effective Montessori Guides - Teacher language that promotes independence, concentration, and self-regulation.

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    • 6 Instructional Habits of Effective Montessori Guides Teacher Language that Promotes Independence, Concentration, and Self-Regulation
    • Weekly Zoom Link
    • Discussion Questions #1
    • Points of Inquiry for thinkific
    • Discussion #2
    • The Fly poem
  • 02

    Audio and Video Recordings - January 24th, 2021

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    • Video Recording
    • Audio Recording
    • Chat
  • 03

    Prelude 1 for Week 2 - Walking in another's shoes requires removing your own.

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    • Language of Empathy, week 2 video for viewing before Jan. 31
  • 04

    Walking in another's shoes requires removing your own. Language of Empathy, Week II

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    • Language of Empathy
    • All You Who Sleep Tonight_poem by Vikram Seth
    • Personal Reflection
    • A Partner Exercise #1
    • A Partner Exercise #2
    • Assessing Over Empathic or Under Empathic Tendencies
    • Reflective Listening 6 Listening Behaviors
  • 05

    Learning to "smell the roses" requires planting and caring for them. Language of Gratitude and Celebration, Week III

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    • Language of Gratitude and Celebration
  • 06

    "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Gandhi. The Language of Self-Improvement, Week IV

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    • Language of Self Improvement_week 4_2019.pptx.pdf
  • 07

    "Just help me to help myself." (3 year old to Maria Montessori). Language of Mentoring, Week V

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    • Exercise I Mentoring
    • Language of Mentoring
  • 08

    "Mirror mirror on the wall" - so what's the problem? Language of Personal Responsibility, Week VI

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    • Language of Personal Responsibility
  • 09

    “To see a world in a grain of sand. And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand. And eternity in an hour." William Blake. Language of Envisionment, Week VII

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    • Language of Envisionment
    • Personal Attachments Inventory Envision-cise


Instructor Bio:

Tanya L. Ryskind, J. D. began her work with children as a social worker. She later attended law school and received her degree in 1987 from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) and worked as a lawyer and lobbyist. In 1990 Tanya moved to Michigan and worked as the regional director for Western Michigan University Southwest Regional Center. This position gave her opportunities to work with public school professional development programs and distance learning courses. She also worked as an adjunct professor teaching School Law and Business Ethics. In 1999 she took a position as the upper elementary guide at her children’s Montessori school. Tanya’s children began their Montessori educations as Infant/Toddlers and continued all the way through, graduating from a Montessori high school. Tanya has worked with private, public, and public charter Montessori schools. She is credentialed as a 6-12 elementary Montessori guide and has credentials from AMS and IMC. Tanya has experience as a teacher trainer, field consultant, practicum adviser, and elementary program associate for the Center for Guided Studies. She is a commissioner for the IMC Accreditation Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for MACTE. In 2019, Tanya joined the NewGate Montessori IB School community as the Co-Head of School. NewGate is the lab school of the Montessori Foundation.

Tanya Ryskind, J. D.

Associate Head of School, NewGate School

Tanya Ryskind, J. D.


Instructor Bio:

Jonathan is a consultant, trainer, speaker and author who infuses his work in leadership development with 30 years experience as an educator and administrator. In addition to serving as a senior consultant for the Montessori Foundation and working with the Montessori Leadership Institute, he was the Founder and Director of Learning for Life and Montessori Leadership.Jonathan provides retreats, workshops, consultations and coaching for parents, educators, leaders, Boards of Directors, community organizations and learning communities around the globe. The best-practice leadership retreats and workshops he leads facilitate community building, strategic planning and improved organizational effectiveness. He is the coauthor with Tim Seldin of Building a World-class Montessori School, Master Teachers – Model Programs.After earning his B.A. degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, Jonathan began teaching at-risk youth in Philadelphia. Early in his career, he read several books on the Montessori philosophy and quickly recognized the power her work in human development had to effect transformation not only within the young child, but within adults as well. He went on to study with Mother Isabelle Eugenie, one of Dr. Montessori's first students, earned his Early Childhood Credential through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and began his career as a Montessori educator at one of the first Head Start Montessori Centers in the United States.Today, his primary focus is on leadership development – designing best practices and writing books and articles that enhance individual and organizational performance. His creative, interactive programs, his humorous and inspiring teaching style, and his deep insight into the needs of people and organizations are in demand by organizations around the

Jonathan Wolff

Senior Consultant, The Montessori Foundation

Jonathan Wolff