Self-assessment provides the opportunity for Montessori teachers at all stages of their career to reflect upon their own practices in the Montessori classroom and environment. There are two stages of assessment: formative and summative. Formative assessments are used for continuous learning and improvement through ongoing reviews, observations, and assessments. They are used to give constructive feedback to the learner. Summative assessments of teachers are generally given at the end of the academic year and are used in the decision to issue new teaching contracts.
Montessori Teacher Self-Reflection and Self Assessment: Constructive Goal Setting and Feedback
It is important for all teachers in your Montessori school to know and apply your school’s mission statement. It is also beneficial to post it in a highly visible location for all to see, such as in every classroom as a reminder of the beliefs and philosophy of the school. In my self- assessments, I was first asked to quote the school’s mission statement in my narrative. Later self-assessments required that I rewrite it in my own words. Some schools ask teachers to incorporate the school’s mission statement with their own personal mission statement, reflecting on their personal beliefs and core values.
- Physical Environment
- Classroom Management
- Observation Skills
- Professional Development
- Teacher as Supervisor
- Personal Needs
- Long-term Goals
The teacher evaluation process does not need to be a stressful activity. It can be a positive and constructive experience in which the whole Montessori community benefits. Information about the role of the Montessori teacher is detailed in the NAMC Classroom Guides. All NAMC Classroom Guides include a CD-ROM containing forms for daily assessment.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, March 3, 2009.