Montessori Pedagogy In The Classroom

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Upon entering the Tacoma classroom, I was immediately struck by the overwhelming chaos and noise of the morning breakfast that had just begun. Some students ran about the room, racing with trucks and whooping yells, while other students sat at tables eating the breakfast provided. Because ninety-nine percent of students attending the school are from eligible for free lunch, the entire school is provided free lunch under Title I funding. Title I funding, as issued by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, gives financial aid to schools with high percentages of low-income families ("Title I, Part A Program"). After greeting the students, I was then introduced to the teacher Mrs. Dennis. She was kind and had a rhythmic voice, calming my nervous nerves even as she revealed me that I would be assisting, rather than observing, the …show more content…
Scientifically designed for students themselves to foster their own skills applicable to their developmental needs, the Montessori method sufficiently prepares students in a manner that is not taught to many traditional students. Researchers Gökhan Kayili and Ramazan Ari highlights this in their study “"Examination of the Effects of the Montessori Method on Preschool Children 's Readiness to Primary Education”. In this study, Montessori preschool students and non-Montessori preschool students are compared in their readiness for introduction into primary school education. With an unbiased sampling of students from different schools, the Metropolitan Readiness Test measured the students’ readiness in various capacities. The results of the study indicate a significant advantage of Montessori students not only in test scores, but also in measurements of social and concentration skills (Kayili). This study therefore concludes that the Montessori method is a more effective early childhood education than that of traditional

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