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Similarities Between Montessori And Dewey

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When studying what curriculum would be most beneficial for our students we have to ponder these two questions. What makes a good curriculum? What makes an effective teacher? I have learned thus far that these two questions are difficult to answer because teaching and education go through a revolutionary process. They are ever changing. The instruction and content that is relevant today may not hold up to the standards that are in place ten years from now. With that said, I have learned about theorists that were innovative thinkers and viewed education as something different than the norm of their times. I have decided to address the similarities and differences between Maria Montessori and John Dewey because I feel that some of what…show more content…
If you look at Dewey's approach, students can work in groups and collaborate. There is also a form of assessment that can be attached to the learning. The beauty it does not have to be a test. It can be in the form of a presentation or project. What I found to be interesting is that both theorists do not emphasize a need to develop on specific content matter. The Montessori approach allows for children to learn at their own pace. They are not held accountable for state standardized tests so this provides them to learn at a comfortable pace and eventually increase the rigor of their learning. The Dewey side is that school should target developing the social life of our children because we need them to be independent and critical thinkers. We will cripple our children's process of becoming independent thinkers when we focus solely on content.
I find it fascinating that what is expected of me at my campus and district is based on the ideology of Maria Montessori and John Dewey. The game plan at my campus is focused on what we call the Fundamental Five. It is in this approach that I see the ideas of Montessori and Dewey flourish in real life. One of the big things at my campus is that we need to have our students grouped so that we can have them engage in collaborative activities that will promote classroom discussions. We also have them interact and use tactile strategies so that they can learn from actually, doing
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