I have finally put together an album for each of my assistants in the classroom! It has only taken me six years to figure out that the best place to assemble my thoughts and wishes for how I want my classroom to run is in a separate album for my assistants... (We are always learning, right?! ) ;-)
This Fall, I will have two Assistants working with me - one who has been with me for several years and another who will be new to my staff. In contemplating ways to effectively share information and ideas, I thought this would be the perfect time to compile what I want my Assistants to know in their own albums.
The following is a list of material in each album. I have no doubt that additional items will be added throughout the school year, but here is a start:
- Montessori Quote: "Montessori teachers are not servants of the child's body, to wash, dress and feed him--they know that he needs to do these things for himself in developing independence. We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit."
- A brief History of Montessori Education from the AMS website.
- Important Montessori Terminology, also from the AMS website.
- "The Role of the Teacher in the Early Childhood Montessori Class" written by me.
- "The Sensitive Periods" written by me.
- Another paper I wrote, "The Planes of Development."
- An article entitled, "Teach Peace to Have Peace" by Maren Stark Schmidt.
- Polli Soholt's, "Montessorians and Assistants: A Partnership in the Prepared Environment."
- I also created a document outlining specific information as it pertains to my classroom and school called, "Assistant Teacher Duties." Here, I have written exactly which lessons the Assistant may present (which can be added to or changed as needed), among other pertinent information.
- General schedule of the day.
- School information including student names and ages, important dates, etc.
It is my hope that by creating this album, my Assistants and I will have a springboard for clear, consistent communication. One of my (many) goals is to establish a clear understanding of roles in the classroom and I do not ever want any of my Assistants to feel as if they don't know what to do or where to be. I think this album is a step in the right direction! :)