The goal of Montessori is to empower students with the skills and confidence to meet their full potential. Core aspects of the Montessori philosophy such as student-centered classrooms, hands-on learning, differentiated curriculum, and providing students with authentic meaningful experiences, are strongly supported by contemporary research as essential components of an effective 21st century education.
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in a Nutshell
Unique Features of a Montessori Program
Parents exploring the Montessori method frequently want to learn more about the main differences between Montessori and traditional public schools. Here is a brief summary!
|Views the child holistically with focus on intellectual, social, and emotional development||Views the child in terms of narrow performance goals|
|Child is an active participant in learning||Child is a more passive participant in learning|
|Encourages development of internal self-discipline and intrinsic motivation||Teacher acts as a primary enforcer of external discipline promoting extrinsic motivation|
|Differentiated and individualized instruction||Whole class, standardized instruction|
|Mixed age groupings||Single age groupings|
|Learning is based on connection between physical exploration and cognition||Children primarily rely on worksheets, texts, and teacher|
|Uninterrupted work cycles||Blocked time or period lessons|
|Children are free to move about the classroom||Children primarily rely on worksheets, texts, and teacher|
|Mastery learning: child allowed to spot own errors through feedback from the materials||Work is usually corrected by the teacher; errors are viewed as mistakes|
|Learning is reinforced internally through the child’s own repetition of an activity and internal feelings of success||Learning is reinforced externally by test scores, rewards, competition, and grades|
|The teacher works in collaboration with the child||The class is led by the teacher with little student input|
|Interdisciplinary and authentic tasks and projects||Topics and subject fragmented and taught in isolation|
|Multi-disciplinary, interwoven curriculum||Curriculum areas usually taught as separate topics|
|Child learns to share leadership and gain confidence in decision making and self-regulatory skills||Hierarchical classroom structure is more prominent|
|Assessments are summative and formative with emphasis on improvement, effort, and level of challenge||Assessments typically reflected by test scores and grades|