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Educational Comparisons

Educational Comparison: Traditional versus Montessori
Traditional Montessori
Children grouped chronologically Multi-aged grouping (2-2 year age span)
Children seated at desks, stationary Students “work” at tables or rug with freedom of movement; Group lessons on floor sitting in a circle
Subjects/lessons learned as a group, one subject at a time Children pursue his/her own self-paced curriculum, individually or in small groups, in various parts of environment
Class schedules and frequent interruptions limit child’s involvement and disturb focus and concentration Long blocks of time with relatively few interruptions permits invaluable focus and concentration
Postponement of cognitive development until first grade Critical cognitive skills developed before age six
Basal readers (traditional “see and say”) or whole language learning (non-traditional “see and say”) Phonetic-based, multi-sensorial; more flexible writing and reading opportunities
Teachers corrects pupil’s errors Children learn from peers, self-correcting materials; teacher’s role is to be guide
Children are different; some learn, others have difficulty All children can learn; they are the same all over the world
No implicit trust and respect for each child as an individual Implicit trust and respect for each child as an individual
Teacher centered Child centered
Teacher is the transmitter of knowledge Children learn through their own discovery and experience through materials designed in each subject
Homogeneous grouping Multi-age grouping for a community atmosphere
Answers provided by teacher Children correct themselves through control of error
Time periods are allotted No time restrictions
Some are held back, some are pushed head Each child learns at his or her own pace
Children are dependent of the teacher Children work independently
Teacher-directed with very little choice Children are self-directed and make their own choice
Subjects are compartmentalized Subjects are intertwined
Competitive Non-competitive
Rewards and punishments through a grading system Self-motivation fostered from examples set by other children that is meant to inspire

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2006 Sun Chase Blvd. Cedar Park, Texas 78613

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