Classroom Assessment Rubric

These rubrics were developed to assist with charter school audits for the classroom. They are designed to direct the observer’s attention to student engagement, with special focus on the characteristics of purposeful, effortful activity – what is known in Montessori as “work.”

Observing Work Engagement

Primary/3-6 Classroom

In high functioning Montessori environments, the vast majority of students will be engaged in concentrated, independent work with materials the guide (teacher) has prepared and to which the student has been introduced through a lesson or presentation. This rubric was developed to assist with charter school audits. It is designed to direct the observer’s attention to student engagement, with special focus on the characteristics of purposeful, effortful activity – what is known in Montessori as “work.” In addition to formal audits, this tool may be used for self-assessment, informal or formal supervision, and group reflection.


Observing Work Engagement

Elementary Classroom

In high functioning Montessori environments, the vast majority of students will be engaged in concentrated, independent work with materials the guide (teacher) has prepared and to which the student has been introduced through a lesson or presentation. This rubric was developed to assist with charter school audits. It is designed to direct the observer’s attention to student engagement, with special focus on the characteristics of purposeful, effortful activity – what is known in Montessori as “work.” In addition to formal audits, this tool may be used for self-assessment, informal or formal supervision, and group reflection.


Observing in the Prepared Environment

The Montessori prepared environment is a holistic, integrated and highly coherent space for learning. Every element of the environment is organized intentionally to create an optimal setting for purposeful interactions among students, guides, and materials within the space. This rubric is designed to assist the visitor in tracking qualities of the environment that are necessary for ensuring high quality Montessori implementation.