One of the most evident is Montessori’s “child centered” approach in which children are guided by the teacher toward independence and progress through lessons at their own pace. This process allows for vertical acceleration in areas of strength and allows for time in mastering challenging concepts. This is in stark contrast to the more traditional “teacher directed” classrooms where lessons are given to the group at one level and much of the focus is given to standardized testing.
The Montessori method encourages students to work to their potential and to develop a sense of intrinsic motivation rather than to work for an extrinsic reward. Children begin to enjoy the process of learning and look within for satisfaction and a sense of inner pride, leading to elevated self-esteem.
Respect for all individuals and the world around them is lived on a daily basis in the Montessori environment – differences are celebrated and teamwork is standard.
To see a comprehensive list, see Comparisons of Montessori Education with Traditional Education
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