The Montessori vs Conventional Classroom

Montessori Classroom

Conventional Classroom

Multi-sensory materials allow for concrete learning to build on abstract concepts.

Abstract concepts are introduced and materials are available only if the child struggles.

Learning is a collaborative process.

Learning is an independent process.

Practical life skills are the foundation of the curriculum.

Theory based teaching practices are the focal point of curriculum.

Multi-age grouping

Same-age grouping

Child can move around and talk during work time, without interrupting others.

Child is encouraged to socialize based on adult direction.

Consistent focus on the development of the whole child for over 100 years.

More recent focus on supporting the whole child.

Learning materials allow a child to self-check and provide error correction..

Error corrections are provided by the teacher.

Individual and group instruction is adapted to the learning style of the child.

Instruction is adapted to the learning style of the teacher.

Environment designed to encourage self-discipline.

Environment designed to allow the teacher to regulate discipline externally.

Child is able to choose what concrete materials will support the brain to make the transition to abstract concepts.

Child is encouraged to have rote memorization of algorithms.

Uninterrupted work periods allow a child to stay engaged in a specific task of choice..

More rigid schedule where all students are on the same schedule.

All subject areas are connected and intertwined.

Subject areas are segregated.

Child is able to work in a self-determined comfortable location in the classroom.

Child is assigned a specific workspace.