Montessori Outcomes Parent Ed. Follow-Up
Last night (Wednesday, January 11) we hosted a Parent Education evening for our Montessori Moms and Dads. The evening focused on Montessori Outcomes and parents were asked to develop lists of outcomes they want to see for their Montessori children in three areas: Academic Skills, Social Skills, and Personal Characteristics.The parents then narrowed their lists down to the top 3 (or 4, or 4.5, with an addendum and inclusive of some other terms ;).This was an exercise DVMS staff learned and participated in at the annual CCMA conference this past fall from Maura Joyce, Head of School at The Post Oak School in Houston.What we are asking our parent community to do next is to choose a specific item from one of the narrowed down lists that you would like to discuss at your Parent-Teacher Interview next week. For those who couldn't make it, here are the narrowed down lists:Academic SkillsThe Academic Skills group narrowed their list down to the following three (in no particular order):
- Curiosity-based exploration and self-discipline.
- Excel at fundamental skills.
- Work with others/social learning/teamwork/collaboration.
Social SkillsAfter much deliberation, the Social Skills group narrowed their list down to the following (again, in no particular order):
- Communication skills.
- Social awareness.
- Building positive relationships.
Personal CharacteristicsAgain after much deliberation and some creative combining to meet the 3 (4 if you need it) limit, the Personal Characteristics group narrowed their list down to the following (again, in no particular order):
- Self-driven and self-integrity.
- Creativity/adaptability/critical thinking.
4.5. All of which lead to "Happiness."
The engagement, passion, thought, and creativity you all showed was incredible to see, and you demonstrated many of the characteristics you want to see in your children. Keep up the great work!Please remember to pick one of the items, that is important to you, from any of the lists and that you would like to discuss at your Parent-Teacher Interview next week (and to look for during your observation).Enjoy a few more photos from the night, and thank you to everyone who was able to make it out. The night met and exceeded our expectations, and we hope it was valuable for you Montessori parents as well.