Montessori Vs. Traditional


Teacher has an unobtrusive role in classroom, acting as a guide in the learning process

Teacher is center of classroom, acting as the leader in the learning process

Environment and method encourage self-discipline

Teacher is primary source of discipline
Mainly individual instruction

Group and individual instruction

Mixed age grouping simulating a family-like environment

Same age grouping
Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other Most teaching is done by teacher
Child chooses own work that has been specially prepared for him/her Curriculum is structured for the child
Child discovers own concepts from self teaching materials, often after a lesson has been presented Child is guided to concepts by the teacher
Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project Child is generally allotted specific time for work
Child sets own learning pace Instructional pace is usually set by group norm
Child spots own errors from feedback of materials, which have a control of error and allow for self-correction If work is corrected, errors are usually pointed out by the teacher
Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards
Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration Fewer materials for sensory development
Organized program for learning care of self and environment Less emphasis on self-care instruction
Child can work where he chooses, move around and talk at will (yet not disturb the work of others); group work is voluntary Child is usually assigned his/her own chair; encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions
Organized program for parents to understand the Montessori philosophy and participate in the learning process Voluntary parent involvement

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