A Montessori classroom is where children can problem solve, grappling with real life issues, while pursuing their own interests. A Montessori child will work in small groups, or “teams”, negotiating their roles and determining the best course of action. They are learning how to work with other’s strengths and weaknesses. They are learning how to assess themselves and how to acquire the skills or knowledge they need in order to carry out a project. They are learning, through their own experience, how to take an idea and make it a reality, whether it is a story, a play production, a go-cart, or a science fair experiment. From a functionalist perspective, Montessori education is preparing both the small innovative business teams of the future as well as the corporate executives.