Various tools contribute to the assessment of a child’s progress in the Montessori classroom:
♦ Observation: Each child is observed in his or her work environment on a regular basis. The teacher takes notes on the students work habits, peer interactions, and ability to process the task at hand. Observation helps the teach assess whether a child is ready to advance through different aspects of the academic curriculum, how well he or she is able to handle certain social dynamics, and allows teachers and students to have a reference point during student/teacher conferencing. Through this in-depth observation, teachers are able to quickly identify academic challenges the child may be facing and develop an individual plan to assist.
♦ Written Work: Daily and weekly written work is reviewed by a teacher to evaluate progress and ability. By reviewing the child’s everyday work, we are able to see each child’s natural strengths, as well as areas that are in need of improvement. With this knowledge, we can help a child find his or he most comfortable and natural way to advance.
♦ Portfolio: An ongoing portfolio with sample of each child’s work is kept to track the success and progress of each student. Both teacher and student choose a variety of work to put in the portfolio.
♦ Classroom presentations: Each child has several opportunities through the school year to gather information and present a well-planned presentation of his or her work to peers, teachers, and parents. This process of research, writing, refining, and public speaking preparation is a wonderful tool to assess the advances a child makes through the year.
♦ Check point evaluation tools to assess proficiency: Through teacher-made and pre-purchased benchmark tools, the child can be quizzed without the pressure of a test, to demonstrate his or her knowledge and ability before moving on to new material with the child’s’ studies.