Work plans and Freedom of Choice

Work Plans

Students should work hard to complete their assigned work plan.  The work plan helps us ensure that the student has lots of individual practice for each objective.  When one child is not actively working, it can cause a disruption throughout the entire community. 

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The work plan also allows an easier weekly conversation about your child’s work and work habits assessment.  It’s okay not to complete “some” of the work, but when we see lots of incomplete work, we become very concerned.  As your child's teacher, I begin to wonder what the child has been doing if they have not been working. 

Each week, the students are expected to practice the lessons presented the prior week.  The work plan reinforces lessons already given. Students are never expected to complete lessons the teacher has not already presented.

Please note that we are encouraging and flexible during the first six weeks of school. After a long summer break, we all need time to ease back into the demands of work and school. 

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Freedom of Choice

  • Student have the freedom to choose their work after completing 3 required works per day.
  • Students have the freedom to choose where they work.
  • Students have the freedom to choose with whom they'd like to to work that day.
  • Students choose which lessons to practice first.
  • Students are allowed to sit in on higher level lessons in any area of the curriculum.

"Young people must have enough freedom to allow them to act on individual initiative. But in order that individual action should be free and useful at the same time it must be restricted with certain limits and rules that give the necessary guidance.’’

Montessori, M. (1994). From Childhood To Adolescence, Oxford: Clio Press, p.73