Just talked to Dave Rabkin of Montessori Records Express (MRX). Hundreds of Montessori classrooms all over the country make their curricula available to the Montessori community in this collaborative project to be able to accurately plan and report the amazing things that happen within the Montessori classroom. Sequences for every area of study are documented, tracked for every student, and available to parents, administrators and teachers within seconds. It truly decreases teacher workload by about 50% almost immediately and is a much more accurate and up to date way to keep track of our kids' progress.
An amazing planning tool for teachers (I can instantly check which one of my students needs a lesson and which ones have mastered a concept and are ready to give the lessons). We love MRX because it gives the curriculum a little more formality and continuity. It makes end of year meetings about where particular students are in particular areas run much more smoothly. And it lets us share the work we've done with schools around the country. Much like blogging, MRX is an incredible way to share with fellow progressive educators and Montessorians.