What Can You Expect from a Montessori Learning Environment?

A Student-Centered Environment

There is an emphasis on each student’s learning, and less on teachers' teaching.

A Responsive Prepared Environment

The environment should be designed to meet the needs, interests, abilities, and development of the students in the class.

A Focus on Community Building and Cooperation while Supporting Individual Progress and Development

While the adolescent lives within a larger community of people, each student is viewed as a universe of one.

Real-world and Hands-on Learning

In Montessori classrooms, students are guided by the expertise and promise of the world.  Direct personal experience and hands-on contact with real things, professionals in a field, or with concrete models that bring abstract concepts to life allow students to learn with much deeper understanding.

Spontaneous Activity

Montessori environments encourage students to move about, within reasonable limits of appropriate behavior.

Self-directed Activity

One of Montessori’s key concepts is the idea that students are driven by their desire to become independent and competent beings in the world to learn new things and master new skills. For this reason, outside rewards to create external motivation are less necessary.

Freedom Within Limits

Montessori adolescents enjoy considerable freedom of movement and choice, however their freedom always exists within carefully defined limits on the range of their behavior. Students are expected to master the basic skills of their culture, even if they would prefer to avoid them.

Communities of Learners/Mixed Age Groups

Montessori classrooms gather together young people of two, three, or more age levels into a family group. There is support for the struggling student as well as academic challenge for the student to whom academics come easily.

A Family Setting

As adolescents grow older and more capable, the focus is less on the teachers and more on the entire community of young people and adults, much like one finds in a real family.

Cooperation and Collaboration, Rather Than Competition

Montessori students are encouraged to treat one another with kindness and respect. Insults and shunning behaviors tend to be rare and not tolerated. We normally find adolescents who have a great fondness for one another, and who are free from needless interpersonal competition for attention and prestige.

To learn more about the Philosophy and Practice of Montessori education at Clark, see the Philosophy and Practice webpage.

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My Tomorrow Initiative

Cincinnati Public Schools My Tomorrow*ed will start with Clark 7th and 8th grade students for the 2014-15 school year. For additional information about the Initiative and what it means to your student, visit the My Tomorrow Website.