1. 1.Teacher-centered class.

  2. 2.Large teacher-pupil ratio

  3. 3.Child succeeds or fails
    based on his/her ability
    to grasp concepts at the
    group pace.

  4. 4.Child is unable to excel
    beyond the group norm.

  5. 5.Teacher is center
    of attention.

  6. 6.Teacher acts as primary
    enforcer of discipline.

  7. 7.Mainly group

  8. 8.Same age grouping.

  9. 9.Most teaching done
    by teacher.

  10. 10. Curriculum structured
       for child.

  11. 11.Teacher is source of
      concept discovery.

  12. 12. Child generally allotted
      certain time for work.

  13. 13. Instruction pace usually
      set by group norm.

  14. 14. Errors usually pointed out
      by teacher.

  15. 15. Learning is reinforced
      externally by repetition
      and letter grades.

  16. 16. Few materials for sensory
      exploration, emphasis on

  17. 17. No organized program for
      self-care instruction – left
      primarily to parents.

  18. 18.Child usually assigned
      own chair and required
      to participate, sit still and
      listen to group lessons.

Still Not Satisfied?

    The goal of both a Montessori and a traditional classroom is the same: to provide learning experiences for the child. The biggest difference lies in the kind of learning experiences each type of school provides and the method each uses to accomplish this goal.

    Montessori educators believe both differences are important because they help shape what a child learns, their work habits and their future attitude about themselves and the world around them.

Building Tomorrows

Future Today

Differences Between Montessori

And Traditional Classrooms


  1. 1.Child-centered class

  2. 2.Small teacher/
    pupil ratio.

  3. 3.Children can only succeed because they do not move forward in the learning sequence until he/she masters each prior step.

  4. 4. Child can excel far
    beyond the group
    norm if he/she is 
    ready and capable.

  5. 5.Teacher is a

  6. 6. Environment and
    method encourage self-discipline.

  7. 7.Mainly individual

  8. 8.Mixed age groupings.

  9. 9.Grouping encourages  children to teach and
    help each other.

  10. 10. Child chooses own
      work with teacher
      guidance within

  11. 11. Child discovers own
      concepts through
      guidance by teacher.

  12. 12. Child works as long
      as he/she chooses
      on a specific project.

  13. 13. Child sets own
      learning pace and 
      develops the ability
       to budget own time.

  14. 14. Child spots own error
      from feedback of

  15. 15. Child reinforces own
      learning by repetition
      of work and internal
      feelings of success
      and desire of more
      advanced work.

  16. 16. Multi-sensory
      materials for
      physical exploration.

  17. 17.Organized program
    for learning care of
    self and environment.

  18. 18.Group work can
    be voluntary.

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