Help me to be tactful!
January 17, 2013 3:22 PM Subscribe
My husband and I visited a Montessori charter school today. We had a classroom observation as well as a tour of the entire K-8 school. After hearing such wonderful things about the school, we were ... less than impressed.
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Our daughter is in her second year of preschool at a wonderful Montessori right now, so we're very familiar with it. We love the philosophy and our daughter has absolutely thrived there.
The classroom observation was BAD.
That being said, the teacher had no control over the class. Thirteen students, and one child commanding all of the teacher's attention. I asked her how they guide the students into working independently, and about choosing work, and she kept saying, "Well, it would be much easier if I had an aide." "Ideally, I would have an aide." "I could help them choose work if ..." You get the picture. But she doesn't have an aide, only classes with 15 or more students do. And in the meantime there are five out of thirteen kids doing NOTHING AT ALL. The children weren't choosing any work at all, because the teacher keeps getting distracted by one child.
So my questions for you are:
What would some constructive questions to ask her, both relative to Montessori and kindergarten,
How do I reference the complete lack of classroom cohesion without sounding like a total bitch?
FWIW, the other kindergarten classroom, that has an aide, was great. We peeked in and it was exactly what we expected. The school overall was lovely. The scary thing is that I've heard a ton of rave reviews of THIS teacher in particular.