Do you ever go back through your notes, calendars, blogs and have an aha moment? Something that follows the lines of-oh yes, I did figures this out once before. I had a moment today.
Our “school” year this year has not been one of our top years. Now, I realize that every year does not have to be stellar and filled with amazing memories and moments. However, this year just feels off.
I did something different this year. I made all of the work plans for the kids in advance. The plan and idea was wonderful. The experience was
wonderful horrible. It required very little prep during the week and it was done. No extra work during the school year.
The problem? The kids had very little ownership of their work and it showed. They did many of the items half way unless for some reason they found an interest in it. We did our end of year testing yesterday which prompted a lot of discussions on the year.
I realized that something was very off. Then I read through my old blog posts and found this one titled, “‘Montessori is an education for independence not for school, but for life.’Maria Montessori.” This year, I missed all of these things. I used external motivators. I made up the plans and the work. I taught. They “learned.” The work was meaningful to me, but not necessarily for the kids.
I guess I should make myself some notes before I plan for next year!