Schools are under constant pressure to produce results and demonstrate their students’ performance level. Teachers are even incentivized with bonuses or higher pay-grades based on student performance.
In today’s world, performance is generally measured by graded classroom work and end-of-course (EOC) testing. However, Montessori style schools don’t follow the same structured format as traditional public schools, or even most private schools. With the freedom students have under the Montessori method, performance levels can be much harder to measure and define.
Montessori schools cannot solely rely on report cards or EOC scores
While teachers in Montessori provide a guided choice of classroom activities for students, Montessori schools cannot rely on report cards or EOC scores to demonstrate their students’ performance levels. Progress in Montessori relies on interactive learning between the students that can take many different forms depending on the day.
The good news here is that parents who enroll their children in a Montessori are most likely open-minded in how they judge performance. Simply by choosing Montessori over public or other private options, they distinguish themselves among parents as those who welcome an alternative route. These parents don’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions.
These parents are also willing to go above and beyond when investing in their children. Most Montessoris do have a cost to attend, and parents who send their children are still paying taxes that cover the cost of public school. While it’s hard to measure exactly, parents know how critical their children’s education is to their lives, and are willing to invest in it.
With that said, parents will expect their children to benefit proportionally from this investment. Which brings us to the question:
How do Montessori schools effectively demonstrate student performance to parents?
Teachers in Montessori environments do not currently have a mechanism that can relay the full perspective of classroom activities to parents. However, with today’s technology pictures and videos can be captured with the touch of a button and we are more connected than ever before.
This is where Social Haven enters the scene. Our goal is to provide a social media platform that
addresses the issue of demonstrating performance with modern technology and capabilities. By designing our platform with the classroom and the relationship between parents and teachers in mind, we have built a tool that can significantly supplement a teacher’s ability to communicate with parents.
Social Haven acts as a forum for teachers to connect with parents on an in-direct basis. Sharing photos, videos, and details about daily activities through the school’s own private network provides greater insight for parents on the daily, weekly, and even yearly basis.
Using Social Haven’s new avenues for communication, teachers are able to highlight the great activities going on in their classroom every day. In an environment where progress occurs on a moment-to-moment basis through interactions between children, their peers, and instructors, sharing information on that same basis can be essential to understanding the progress being made.
The insight that Social Haven provides allows parents to evaluate a school’s process and their children’s performance outside of traditional and standardized methods. Without the traditional and standardized methods used by the masses, an option like Social Haven can truly empower Montessoris in their ability to demonstrate student performance.
We believe our platform can benefit all teachers, students, and parents, but we specifically see our platform as a tool that can significantly benefit those in the Montessori environment. Similar to how the Montessori method itself is evolutionary within the context of education, Social Haven hopes to be evolutionary to the method of communication and evaluation associated with Montessori.