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Characteristics of Montessori Education

Characteristics of Traditional Education

Active individualized learning through stimulating, multi-sensory teaching materials. Passive class learning through teacher-centered class lessons, paperwork.
Multi-age classrooms is a natural social environment that includes a wide range of ages and fosters self-motivation. Students enjoy working for their own sense of accomplishment. Ideally, this provides for the same teacher for three years. Chronological grouping necessitates external rewards such as grades, competition and social conformity.
Freedom of choice involves decision making. Student selects work according to individual interest. Class-wide curriculum demands that students cover the same work at the same time with no regard to individual interest.
Working at one’s own pace enables students to work for long periods without interruption. Each individual works at this potential independent of the class. Group learning involves each academic subject being scheduled for a limited period. Each student is directly affected by the progress of the whole class.
Integral education balances academic work with freedom of movement and harmony is created between physical, social and mental activities. There is an interrelationship between subjects. Fragmented education provides academic subjects that are not interrelated. Periods of intense mental effort are alternated with periods of vigorous physical activity to release tension.
Independence is fostered by a classroom that is specifically designed to encourage maximum. Dependence tends to be promoted since the activities are initiated by the teacher.
Close student-teacher interaction enables complete and precise evaluation of student’s progress, both academically and psychologically. Class oriented teaching often prevents close interaction between individual students and teacher. Standardized tests are necessary to determine student’s progress.

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