here i am.... haven't written.. so much has happened! all good! my oldest, the 3 yr old, was accepted in Post Oak (Montessori) School. great place. so far i like what i see and hear...from the teachers to the school's headmaster... and now what i see my little girl...
my two year old is doing well... growing, talking, asking, trying, climbing, playing, "reading," "writing," painting, cutting, riding trike, sliding, molding with play-dough.... we will begin the application process for her so that she may attend school with her "big" sister!
a bit pricey of a private school, but worth it... this means i need to increase my current earnings!!!!
so why a private school? why did we choose to go private? me, public school teacher.... every now and then i get little reminders as to why i chose private school. i tried to get into a well known public charter school, but we didn't get in... what were we looking for.... this is how i began the school selection process journey..
1. Begin with the end in mind. (what is the end goal/s of the school/district?)
2. Do the actions match the mission/goal/s?
3. What colleges/universities were the students heading to?
4. What % of the students were going on to college/university?
5. What kinds of tests are given and how is the data used?
6. Are the schools/districts open for visits and classroom observaions?
7. How are the learning spaces set up?
8. As I observe the classroom and teachers what do I hear and see? Discussion, project work, hands-on, art, music, one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, peer instruction, team/group work, student led instruction.....
9. Was the teacher a facilitator? A guide? An instructor?
10. How did the children look? What were their expressions?
11. Was their evidence of open-ended learning? Evidence of problem-solving? Evidence that children were curious of the material?