Triangle Montessori Academy - Holly Springs

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Montessori vs Traditional

Montessori vs Traditional

TMA Montessori vs traditional schooling approaches and methodologies 

There are many differences in the approach and methods used in a Montessori school versus a traditional school. We at TMA offer authentic Montessori schooling grounded in the observations, methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.  

Working in the classroom

TMA: Learners practice their work in the classroom where teachers can assist and give ready feedback.
Traditional: Learners practice at home on their own and are graded on their efforts.

Learning Environment

TMA: The classroom is a well-equipped learning environment with materials and resources that invite and promote independent learning. 
Traditional: Classrooms are often characterized by rows of desks facing the front of the classroom where the teacher leads the learning process. Students must stay seated during class. 

Learning Pace

TMA: Individual students work at their own pace at their challenge level and according to their own interests.
Traditional: All students in a class work at the same pace through the same material.

Learning Goals

TMA: Learning goals include love of learning, independence as a learner, self-motivation.
Traditional: Learning goals are strongly focused on achieving good test scores and grades.

Teacher’s Role

TMA: Teachers act as guides, coaches and mentors.
Traditional: Teachers primarily deliver instruction to students.

Academic Mastery

TMA: Mastery of core academic skills is integrated into the study of all subject materials.
Traditional: Academic skills are often taught in isolation so that students are acquiring a skill for its own sake.

Natural Curiosity

TMA: A student’s natural curiosity is nurtured and sustained as a key to exploring the rich scientific and multi-cultural lessons and the beautiful materials that convey them.
Traditional: Materials studied are prescribed by the school or school district. Learning is dominated by textbooks

The Curious Child

TMA: Students are encouraged to develop higher levels of thinking – compare, contrast, evaluate, judge, ask probing questions, identify and solve problems, synthesize what has been learned and apply it to new situations.
Traditional: Students are most often asked to memorize and master facts and information that will be tested.

Social Skills

TMA: Beginning in Toddlers, children of all ages learn the foundational social art of getting along with one another in a peaceful and respectful environment.
Traditional: Social skills are not often part of the classic traditional curriculum. When it is taught, it is more likely as an add-on rather than and integrated fundamental part of the child’s development.

Multi-Age Classrooms

TMA: Multi-age classrooms allow children to advance as they are ready. Older students motivate younger students and consolidate their own learning by helping them.
Traditional: Single age grouping offers little flexibility for children who are advanced or need more help.

Classroom Movement

TMA: Children can move around the classroom to different work areas.
Traditional: Subject areas are taught in isolation from one another.

Time Management

TMA: By creating their own work plans beginning in Lower Elementary, students learn excellent time management skills.
Traditional: Time management is not generally taught.

Future skills

TMA: Students of all ages develop and master skills needed for the 21st century – creativity, cooperation, independence, global competency, and strong communication.
Traditional: Opportunity to acquire 21st century skills is hit or miss depending on the program.