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NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.

A Paradigm Shift


Montessori: Creating a Paradigm Shift in Education

Comparing Montessori and "Traditional" Education


Traditional Classroom

Montessori Environment

Textbooks, pencil and paper, worksheets and dittos Prepared kinesthetic materials with incorporated control of error, specially developed reference materials 
Working and learning without emphasis on social development Working and learning matched to the social development of the child
Narrow, unit-driven curriculum Unified, internationally developed curriculum
Individual subjects Integrated subjects and learning based on developmental psychology
Block time, period lessons Uninterrupted work cycles   
Single-graded classrooms Multi-age classrooms
Students passive, quiet, in desks Students active, talking, with periods of spontaneous quiet, freedom to move
Students fit mold of school School meets needs of students
Students leave for special help Special help comes to students 
Product-focused report cards Process-focused assessment, skills checklists, mastery benchmarks
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