Cosmic Education as a Continuum Across All Levels

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Betsy Coe, PhD and Ann Sutton

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Montessori Cosmic Education was originally introduced for the elementary level when children ask such questions as: “Where did everything come from?” “Why am I here?” But how do the other Planes of Development fit in? How does the 0 to 6 child first get to know the Universe? How does the 12 to 18 year old come to a sense of identity and belonging as a social being in the Earth Community and evolving Universe ? Grounded in an understanding of the planes, Cosmic Education can be a continuum that spirals up across all levels. We’ll look look at four planes from birth to age 21+ and how the classroom at each plane can support that stage in development. Often, at the lower levels, a Cosmic Education is less about changing activities and more about the awareness of the teacher–how he/she views the child inside a developmental flow toward understanding their place in the larger whole. Cosmic, Sustainability and Peace Education all powerfully come together in this continuum.You will take away:

  • A visual of each of the sub-planes of development: infant/toddler thru adult
  • An understanding of how Cosmic, Sustainability and Peace education all come together at each level.
  • A framework of Cosmic, Sustainability and Peace Education that is embedded in the classroom and school.

Elisabeth Coe, PhD, is principal of the Middle School and High School at School of the Woods in Houston, TX and executive director of the Houston Montessori Center. She was past-president and a member of the AMS board of directors for 20 years, was the AMS 2008 Living Legacy and named MACTE Wisdom of the Elders. AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood, Elementary I – II, Secondary I – II, Administrator).

Ann Sutton has a Masters in Humanities, is faculty member of Houston Montessori Center. She has taught in Montessori middle and high school. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Sustainability Education. AMS-credentialed Secondary I-II.

Reviews (4)

4 reviews for Cosmic Education as a Continuum Across All Levels

  1. Kyle (verified owner)

    All of the teachers evaluation comments were positive…Interesting, sparked conversation between the different levels, Looking forward to the Deep Time Storytelling, Great Discussions, Good content to share with parents, Enjoyed the time for reflective thought on my own practice, Thank you for the relevant training, I LOVE BETSY COE!, Great reminder of what we do well and things we need to focus on, I really enjoyed it…a bit of a refresher on Montessori philosophy, Cannot wait for more, It was good to see the continuum through the different levels…ALL of the feedback was really GOOD! The viewing really sparked good conversation and reflective thought on our own preparation of each of our environments. We all were able to walk away with an opportunity to grow to ensure we are all staying true to the Montessori philosophy.

    — Candice Wilson, Richland One Public School District (After teachers there watched the webcast as a group.)

  2. Kyle (verified owner)

    Exceeded expectations! This was so beautifully done. I am inspired to weave into the training course more mentions of how children are being continuously presented with the big picture. I’ve always hoped my work as a teacher would lead me more to bridging cultures. Now that I feel some opportunity along those lines, I am supported by the deep time and cosmic education perspective and the interconnectedness of us all.

    — Jean Rashkin

  3. Kyle (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed your course on cosmic education across the continuum, and the live Q&A really fostered a lot of inspiring discussion. I appreciate that you lobbied to include cosmic education in the third plane, as I believe it is the key to promoting the kind of “inward progress” of humanity that is the ultimate aim of Montessori education. Thank you so much for sharing your ins

    — Kyle Herman

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claudia Mann (verified owner)

    Betsy and Ann’s presentation is a must-see for Montessori teachers who are seeking meaning and guidance in the possibilities of their work beyond the pressures being applied from the outside: Expectations, Standards, Fear of Failure, Drive for Success.

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