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Differences between Montessori and Traditional teaching

When we address education, we retrieve memories of our own experience and decide what we want for our children. If there is much choice, it could make a school selection harder and yet, if the selection is limited comparisons become critical.

Below is a basic comparison of what we perceive are differences between the traditional education system and Montessori schools. For better understanding and to 'get a feeling' of the school, parents should take the time to personally observe how a school and classroom function and assess the relevance of an educational program for their child.

Montessori Education


Traditional Education

Whole school philosophy &   methodology

Programs define methodology and often philosophy

Developmental approach for each   stage of learning

Curriculum based learning – same   for all

Focus on all aspects of   development: social, emotional, physical and intellectual

Instruction is mostly based on academic achievement

Learning at own pace: choice of how   long to work on a specific concept

Adult decision of when new topics   are introduced

Children actively involved in own   learning

Adults direct all learning

Intrinsic motivation is fostered: no rewards or punishments

Rewards and punishments still used   to encourage/discourage student behaviours

Self-discipline is grown through   methodology

Discipline is imposed by adults   and rules

Experiential learning through   manipulation and real experiences

The curriculum guides direction of   learning

Children are held accountable and   responsible for their learning

The adult is responsible for   outcomes reached

Uninterrupted work cycles

Time table dictates length and type of   lessons

Multi-age classrooms

Same age groups

Student teach with the adult

Adult teaches the group

The environment includes   scientific equipment for the acquisition of concepts (hands-on learning)

Learning is mainly acquired   through visual information

The environment is the child’s   space to work where they feel comfortable

Set seating and restricted movement   during work time

 To understand the learning approach more effectively, come and visit and ask to observe in our classrooms. We are here to share what we do.

Yvonne Rinaldi


Caboolture Montessori School

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