control of error

The Self-Corrective Classroom

In the Montessori classroom children have the freedom to explore at their own pace—working on the skills they wish to sharpen. But how do students actually learn these skills when their teacher is not continually with them, telling them if what they’re doing is correct or not? That is the beauty of the Montessori classroom—it …

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Concrete to Abstract: Montessori Method

  In a Montessori environment, children learn by exploring and manipulating specially designed materials. Each material teaches one concept or skill at a time, and lays a foundation from which students can comprehend increasingly abstract ideas. Children work with materials at their own pace, repeating an exercise until it is mastered. The teacher may gently …

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The materials are carefully sequenced to break down each step for the child, and to make it possible for him/her to feel success at each step. The materials progress from the concrete to the abstract, appealing first to the child’s senses. The materials are manipulative, based on the fact that a child learns by doing. The materials are designed to isolate the …

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