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Montessori/Reggio Education vs. Traditional Education



Montessori/Reggio InspiredTraditional
montessoritradition
Active Individualized Learning: Student
centered stimulation through hands-on
materials and discovery-based projects.
Passive Class Learning: Teacher centered
class learning with paperwork.
Working at One’s Own Pace: Each child
works at his/her own potential
independent of the class, moving ahead
quickly as they are ready.
Group Learning: Each child is directly
affected by the progress of the whole
class
Independence: Students are encouraged
to make good decisions, confidence is
promoted, and opportunities are given to
choose work based on interest.
Dependence: Activities are initiated by
the teacher and are the same for
everyone
Concrete Based Education: Uses hands-on
materials and first hand experiences so
students understand their work creating
naturally goal-oriented students.
Abstract Education: Learning through
memorization and intangible concepts
Self-Evaluation: Students use selfcorrecting
teaching materials and
evaluate their individual work with the
teacher, promoting self-confidence.
Class Comparison: Students evaluate
themselves against the group and
standardized tests are used to measure
progress