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Rules and Standards

The mission of Monticello Montessori Public Charter School is in part to help students become intrinsically motivated learners.  To accomplish this mission, we ask that students comply with strict dress and grooming standards so that the classroom environment is free of distracting media messages, commercialism, and undue focus of attention on external appearances. See the Student Handbook or click here for Dress and Grooming Standards.

We also ask that students follow certain general classroom expectations as listed below:

Monticello Montessori General Classroom Expectations:

1. Any child can do a work as long as he or she:
  • Has had a lesson on that work
  • Works safely and appropriately
  • Works quietly
  • Respects themselves, others and the environment
  • Takes materials to a mat or table.
  • Returns work to the shelf in the condition it was found (or better).
  • Abides by one child per activity (with exceptions governed by teacher).
  • Restores the environment:
    • Chair in
    • Spills/area cleaned up.
  • Does not touch the work of another or interfere with another’s activity by distracting, correcting, taking over or behaving in a way that disturbs another’s concentration.

2.  A child may join another if he is invited and has teacher approval. This includes watching. (Watching is eyes only, not touching or talking.)

3. No child is ever required to share his or her activity or materials. (C
hildren may choose to share or may invite a peer to join their work, with teacher approval.  A goal of the Montessori classroom is for children learn to respect for and have patience with others.)

4. Children are invited but not forced to participate in a group activity. They may watch. They cannot disturb an activity they choose not to join. They may be excused if they participate inappropriately.

5. Students may 
occasionally choose to 'do nothing'- to take time away from work choices to muse or  think. (This may appear to an observing adult as wasting time, but can in fact be important set-aside time for the child's mind to rest, problem solve, and deepen learning.) 

6. All students are encouraged and expected to engage in rigorous learning activities that stretch their comprehension, cognitive skills, ability to manipulate ideas and to creatively solve problems. 

7.  Children may reinforce their learning by assisting other students. Teaching someone else is one of the best ways to solidify mastery of a concept or skill, and helps build self-confidence, which in turn improves intrinsic motivation for learning.