The Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907. It is a specific child centered method of education that involves child led activities, which are referred to as work, and classrooms with children of varying ages and teachers who encourage independence among their students. Dr. Montessori believed that children learn better when they are choosing what to learn. A Montessori classroom is very different than a traditional one, there are some things which make the Montessori class unique like various activity stations for children to choose from throughout the day, up to 30 students of various ages interacting, teachers guiding children through activities instead of standing in the front of the classroom teaching at them, and a nontraditional grading system.
Benefits of Montessori Method:
Drawbacks of the Montessori Method:
Benefits of Traditional Schooling:
Drawbacks of Traditional Schooling
Both forms of education meet the developmental domains but in different settings. Montessori method changes on a day to day basis due to what the child wants to learn or work on that day. Traditional method is concrete with a planned process for the learning and with what you will learn on a day to day basis from a planned curriculum. I think having a structured learning plan is the best for children it does not leave it open for “I don’t want to learn that today”, traditional goes over and over the same subject almost like repetitive in style. I think children learn better in math and writing and reading with the repetitive action. This way they won’t forget what they did last time and have to go back to the beginning to get better understanding as they would in the Montessori method.
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