I accept that the place we are is not "true" Montessori, so it's not really that I'm trying to refute what they say anymore, I just want to know more for my own sake, since I don't know much about lower el. yet.
My understanding of Montessori is that it's about absorbing the work - is this right? I know in primary it's very self-guided, driven by critical periods of learning and what interests the child, and the children could become absorbed in their works for an entire work cycle, if they desired. Granted, if they only chose one work to ever work on, a teacher may offer a new lesson or suggest something different for them.
In lower el. where we are they have work plans, and my understanding is that true Montessoris often have work plans also. I would guess this is to help students learn to build independence and manage time, and to achieve a well-rounded education. So does it continue to be about becoming absorbed in the works in lower el, or is there a shift toward learning to do the work, complete it, and move on?
I know where we are, the teacher has the district/school standards to answer to. She sent home a note about work completion and how students are going to have to start staying after school if they do not complete their weekly work plans by the due date. I just didn't know if this was a school thing or a shift in philosophy in lower el.