Montessori vs. Conventional Classroom

Montessori vs. Conventional Classroom

Within the traditional school system the child is introduced to a certain subject or idea collectively as a part of the group. In a Montessori classroom, the child is introduced to a particular activity on an individual basis. Even the brightest (especially the brightest) children often lose interest in group activities which do not constantly stimulate them. Their disinterest turns into restlessness and destructive activities. Likewise, the child who requires more individualized attention is often forgotten in the conventional group seminar, which attempts to satisfy the group’s “average” needs. Since each child proceeds at his own pace, he/she is better able to enjoy his/her own accomplishments without constant comparison. This attitude allows the children to better enjoy the learning process and more freely interact with each other.

Another distinction of the Montessori classroom is the use of the ungraded (non-segmented) learning environment. Within their class’s age range, the children gain tremendous potential to learn from their peers as well as from the “prepared environment.” Imitating older children is only one aspect  of learning in a mixed age group. The older children in turn reinforce and clarify their knowledge when they teach younger ones while enhancing their self-esteem, self-confidence, and leadership skills.

Montessori materials are designed to be self-correcting, which encourages independent problem solving and eliminates the correctional, disciplinary role of the traditional teacher. Teachers and students are fast friends with a healthy respect for each other.

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