“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”- Maria Montessori
Taking ownership of of their learning:
Between the ages of 10-12 we observe that children begin to be goal-oriented and capable of abstract thinking. Most of our students during their time in group 3 began the transition to formal instruction in math and English. Though we still give very few tests, grades, or homework, we begin to introduce traditional assessments in this group. Grading, when done, is done on a proficiency based model. When we grade, we grade for mastering giving students the opportunity to redo work till it is at a proficient level.
Global Perspective in Group 3
In classes like Justice the Environment and Me students learn about how they can interact with the world around them in a responsible way that promotes a commitment to the common good. In classes like Literature & Ethics students are exposed to the breadth and diversity in our world through global literature.
Independence in Group 3
Students in group three continue to take courses focused on social, communication and practical skills. However they also practice discipline, responsibility and time management skills by beginning to work on independent projects and homework that have deadlines and require students to take ownership of their own learning.
Academic Mastery in Group 3
Academics continue to be addressed within our thematic focused classes along with teachable moments on the playground and other activities. However, students also begin some formal academic instruction within group 3. A student in group 3 might have a Chemistry class once a week with traditional labs, homework and note taking, while also addressing science in weekly Great Outdoors class along with art, bushcraft, and gardening.
Developing integrity and Internal Strength in Group 3
Ethics continues to be addressed through global literature, historical fiction, and interaction in class using games and role-playing. Additionally, students in group 3 begin to take on more responsibilities around the school including chores, and being a guide and model for the younger students.